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Alexander Aviña

  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alexander Aviña researches social movements and state violence in 20th century Mexico.

His current research project explores the links between the political economy of narcotics, drug wars, and state violence in 1960s and 70s Mexico. His book, "Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside" (Oxford University Press, 2014), was awarded the Maria Elena Martínez Book Prize in Mexican History for 2015 by the Conference on Latin American History. He has also published articles in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research and the NACLA Report on the Americas.

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The parties may continue heated debates over whether to fund Trump’s wall, a “smart” wall, or no new wall. But none of these outcomes will address the real crisis at the border we see today: the deaths of more poor people attempting to cross the border.

— Alexander Aviña, Expansíon