Latin America, 2015



Research Interests

Modern Mexico; urban history of Latin America; urbanization, regionalism, and state building; Mexican borderlands and boomtowns; land tenure; the middle classes, populism, and social movements; spatial politics; decentralization; urban redevelopment


City and Nation: Tijuana in the Age of Federal "Urban Regeneration," 1959–1994


Christian Rocha received his AB in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AM in history from Vanderbilt University. He has done extensive research in the Archivo General de la Nación, the Archivo Histórico y Biblioteca Central del Agua, and the Archivo Histórico de Tijuana. His research interests focus on the relationship of urban planning to the social, economic, and political dynamics of post-1945 Mexico. He received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant to support his research. His current project examines Tijuana's urbanization in the period following 1959.


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