Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History
203 Edward Pols House
Allen Wells came to Bowdoin in 1988 after teaching nine years in North Carolina. His scholarship has focused on modern Mexican history, especially Yucatán, the history of commodities, and U.S.-Latin American relations, and he offers a range of courses in colonial and modern Latin American history. Originally from New York, he received his M.A (1974) and Ph.D. (1979) in History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.A. (1973) in History and Latin American Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
“Playing God: Choosing Central European Jewish Refugees for the Dominican Republic during World War II,” in Exile and the Politics of Exclusion, eds., Luis Roniger, James Green, and Pablo Yankelevich (Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2012), 80-99.
“Commodity Chains in a Global Economy, 1870-1945,” co-author, Topik, In Vol. 5, A World Connecting: 1870 to 1945, volume ed., Emily Rosenberg, A History of the World, general eds., Akira Iriye and Jürgen Osterhammel, 6 vols. (Cambridge, MA and Munich: Harvard University Press and C. H. Beck Verlag, simultaneous publication in English and German, 2012). HUP edition, 5:591-812, 1051-1077. German edition: “Warenketten in einer globalen Wirtschaft,” trans. Thomas Atzert, in Geschichte der Welt: Weltmärkte und Weltkriege, 1870-1945 (Munich: C H. Beck Verlag, 2012), V: 589-814 and 1042-1063.
Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR and the Jews of Sosúa (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009).
Gallery of historical images from the book »
"Reports of its Demise are not Exaggerated: The Life and Times of Yucatecan Henequen," In From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000, eds.Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank and Steven Topik. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006), 300-320.
“Los mayas en las obras de los historiadores yucatecos del siglo XIX,” in Los mayas de ayer y hoy: Memorias del Primer Congreso Internacional de Cultura Maya, eds., Alfredo Barrera Rubio y Ruth Gubler, 2 Vols. (México: Solar, Servicios Editoriales, 2006), II: 807-830.
"Dialectical Bananas," in Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg, eds., Banana Wars: Power, Production and History in the Americas (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003): 316-334.
The Second Conquest of Latin America: Coffee, Henequen and Oil during the Export Boom, 1850-1930. Co-editor and contributor, with Steven Topik (University of California, Irvine). (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998).
Summer of Discontent, Seasons of Upheaval: Elite Politics and Rural Rebellion in Yucatán, 1876-1915 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996), co-author, Gilbert M. Joseph. Published in Spanish as Verano del descontento, epócas del trastorno: Élites políticas e resistencia rural en Yucatán, 1876-1915, trans. Ari Bartra (Mérida, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán Press, 2011).
"A Welcome Shift of Emphasis: Scholarship on Plantations,Haciendas and Ranches in Nineteenth-Century Latin America," Plantation Society in the Americas 6:1 (Spring 1999): 1-12.
"Out from the Shadows: Recent Scholarship on Late-Nineteenth-Century Mexico," Latin American Research Review 35:1 (Winter 2000): 172-186.
"Clientelism and the Political Baptism of Yucatán's Urban Working Classes, 1880-1929," Wil Pansters, ed., Citizens of the Pyramid: Essays on Mexican Political Culture (Amsterdam: Thela, 1997), 66-106.
"Forgotten Chapters of Yucatán's Past: Nineteenth-Century Politics in Historiographical Perspective," Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 12:2 (Summer 1996), 191-229.
"All in the Family: Railroads and Henequen Monoculture in Porfirian Yucatán," Hispanic American Historical Review, 72:2 (May, 1992), 159-209.
Global Markets Transformed, 1870-1945, co-author, Steve Topik (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014), in press.
“Rivalidad económica y inquietud rural durante los últimos años del Porfiriato en Yucatán,” and “El ‘Porfiriato prolongado’ de Yucatán: La resistencia popular y de los élites, 1910-1915,” co-author of both essays, co-author, Gilbert Joseph, Historia General de Yucatán, eds. Jorge I. Castillo Canché, Inés Ortiz Yam and Sergio Quezada, (Mérida: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán Press, forthcoming, 2012).
American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Award, 2012
Andrew W. Mellon Sabbatical Fellowship, 2012-2013
Fletcher Family Award, 2011-2012
Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, nominated by the Senior Class ’08. “Cuba’s Favorite Pastimes: Baseball and Politics,” September 7, 2007.
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2006-2007.
American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council/National Endowment for the Humanities International and Area Studies Fellowship, 2006-2007
President, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 2005-2006.
Fund for Course Development Grant for travel to Cuba in April 2000 with Nat Wheelwright (Biology) to acquire materials to co-develop a course entitled, "Contemporary Central America and the Caribbean: Environment, Politics and Culture."
Summer of Discontent, Seasons of Upheaval: Elite Politics and Rural Insurgency in Yucatán, 1876-1915, named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1997 by Choice.
Appointment, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton, New Jersey. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for 1995-1996.
Advanced International Research grant from the Joint Committee of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995-1996
Aron, David, '05, "Making Choices, Sowing Division: Chile's Jewish Community during the Allende and Pinochet Eras."
Boeke, Annabel, ’12, “’Hombres de bien, de honor y de conciencia:’ Medical Authority in the Buenos Aires Anti-tuberculosis Campaign, 1900-1930.”
Brant, Sarah, '94. "Assimilation, Accommodation and Resistance: A Reevalution of Gender in Colonial Mapuche Society."
Butchenhart, Nell, '97. "The Transformation of the Virgin of Guadalupe: The Female Archetype and Women's Activism in Morelos, Mexico."
Del Calvo, Andrew, 12, “Biographical Representations of Fidel Castro.”
Endries, Carrie, 97. "'Si la mujer no está, la democracia no va:' Chilean Women's Resistance to the Military Dictatorship,"
Evans, Chris, '98, "The Politics of Human Rights: U.S. Foreign Policy and Argentina, 1976-1980."
Finnegan, Karen, '03. "The Paradox of Pinochet's Chile: Patriarchal Ideology and Women in the Work Force."
Hess, Benjamin, '02, "Ni un paso atrás: The Dirty War and the Human Rights Movement's Struggle for Justice in Argentina."
Jessel, Kirin, 12, “The Other Immigrants: Paraguayan and Bolivian Immigration to Argentina during the Dirty War and the Return to Democracy (1976-1989).”
Johnson, Julie, '97. "Building Community and Forging Resistance Against a Military Regime: Brazilian Women during the Distensão Period (1974-1978)."
Kimball, Ellen, ’11. “’The Fourth Reich?’ Argentina’s Welcome of Nazi Fugitives during the Perón Era.”
Lee, Jae In, ’06, “De Coreano a Coreguayo: The Korean-Paraguayan Community, 1964-2005.”
Lettieri, Michael, '05, "Mexico's Long Road to Democracy: How Middle Class Politicization and Political Reforms Transformed Mexico's One Party State."
Pearson, Marcus, '05, "'Cuba Needs Many Robespierres:' Soviet Spies, Cuban Dissidents and the Institutionalization of the Cuban Security Apparatus, 1959-1964.'"
Pisegna, Nicholas, ’11. “Beisbol’s Been Very, Very Good to Me:” Major League Baseball, the United States and the Evolution of Labor Markets in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.”
Reilly, Katherine, '04, "A Wound that Will not Heal: Argentina's and Chile's Judiciaries and the Elusive Search for Justice and Reconciliation."
Sherman, Richard, '02, "Reconstructing Nicaragua's Revolutionary Past: Augusto Sandino, Carlos Fonseca and the Sandinista Myth."
Short, Jonathan, '00, "Justifying a Cold War Intervention: U.S. Propaganda and the Post-Mortem Campaign to Discredit Maurice Bishop, Former Prime Minister of Grenada."
Troya, Natalie, '93. "Redefining Community in Exile: The Guatemalan Maya in Mexico."
Villano, Vincent,'00, "Multivocal Interpretations of the Symbol of Emiliano Zapata: The Evolution of a Mexican Myth, 1920-1976."
Wood, Joshua., '98, "Adapting and Recovering Ixilian Culture: A Guatemalan Region Responds to Crisis and Change."
Weisbrode, Kenneth. "Spiritual Nationalism and Politics in Argentina, 1900-1912: A Critical Interpretation," 1991.