Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Library Welcomes First Greenleaf Fellow

February 7th, 2014

José Antonio Serrano Ortega is joining the Latin American Library for the 2013-2014 academic year as the first Greenleaf Fellow. José Antonio Serrano Ortega holds a Licenciatura in History from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a PhD in History from El Colegio de México. He has authored and edited several books on the political and fiscal history of Mexico in the 19th century, and on the wars of independence in Spanish America. He has been awarded numerous academic distinctions, including the Francisco Javier Clavijero Prize from Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), 1991; the Research Prize for Humanities from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2005; and a prize for best article on the 19th century from Comité Mexicano de Ciencias Históricas, 2010. He currently teaches in El Colegio de México.

His project at the Latin American Library is titled El liberalismo radical en México, 1820-1840/ Radical Liberalism in Mexico, 1820-1840.

Project synopsis: The recurring academic focus on the construction of democratic institutions in México in the last few decades has generated increased interest among Mexican and Mexicanist historians in studying the history of Liberal institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The conflicts and negotiations between radical and moderate Liberals is the process that best explains the political and social history of the first half of the 19th century in Mexico, much more so than the traditional framework of Liberals vs. Conservatives. Radical Liberalism achieved its greatest impact when politicians who subscribed to this ideology were elected to the governorships of the states of Chiapas, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán, Mexico and Jalisco between 1820 and 1840. This general working hypothesis acquires analytical relevance if we take into account that the Mexican State was constructed from and by the regions.

Jose Antonio Serrano Ortega will be at Tulane until February 28 and will present a work-in-progress at a date TBA. He can be contacted at the main LAL office number at 504-865-5681 or you can e-mail him at

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