J. Luis Ramos

Assistant Professor of History

Arts and Science Building 352


M.A. – University of Chicago
Ph.D. – University of Chicago

Courses Taught

Latin American History, U.S.-Latin Americans Relations, World History, Borderlands

Scholarly Contributions

My current research agenda deals with U.S.-Mexico relations.

Partners in Revolution and Empire: A New History of United States-Mexico Relations History (book manuscript in progress)

“The Progressive Narrative of U.S.-Mexico History” (under review)

“The Impact of the Mexican Revolution in Inter-American Politics: U.S.-Mexican Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Fifth Pan American Conference of 1923,” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 1, vol. 21 (January 2015)

My second book project will examine the relationship between Mexican and global history. To this end, I have begun working on an article in order to begin to explore questions of modernity, global history, Mexican history, and the idea of the West.

“A Mexican Global Movement: Immigration, Anti-Racism, and Race between the Wars” (article in progress, a study of the relationship between global and Mexican ideas of race and immigration politics)


J. Luis Ramos joined the History Department in the Fall of 2014 after completing his PhD from the University of Chicago (2014). Prior to joining Valpo, he was a Miller Center Fellow at the University of Virginia.

Prof. Ramos is currently working on his book manuscript, tentatively titled Partners in Revolution and Empire: A New History of United States-Mexico Relations History. This work challenges how we think about U.S.-Mexico history, U.S. imperialism, and Mexican revolutionary nationalism. The traditional narrative tells us that in the aftermath of 1910 Mexican Revolution, U.S.-Mexico relations were fundamentally shaped by conflict, asymmetry, and competing ideologies until World War II. Instead, this work tells a different story: a rich history of collaborations, mutual experimentation, and common ideas in multiple areas of interaction, including immigration, oil policy, international politics, public health, and rural reconstruction and technologies. By focusing on a shared history, this work recasts the traditional chronology and interpretation of modern U.S.-Mexico history that has long assumed that competing cultures, U.S. power, and nationalism define U.S.-Mexico relations.

His research has been funded by a variety of programs, including the Fulbright, the Mellon Foundation, and the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.


Modern Mexico; U.S.-Latin American relations; Global history; imperialism; science


  • American Historical Association
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Latin American Studies Association
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