HIST-Walker

Louise Walker

Associate Professor of History
617.373.2710
education Ph. D., History
Yale University
Mailing address 213ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Biography

Louise E. Walker, associate professor of history, is a historian of Mexico and Latin America. She is author of Waking from the Dream: Mexico’s Middle Classes after 1968 (Stanford University Press, 2013). It examines how the middle classes shaped the history of economic and political crisis in the 1970s and 1980s, facilitating the emergence of neo-liberalism and the transition to democracy. Waking from the Dream won prizes and honors from the Latin American Studies Association and the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies.

Professor Walker is co-editor of Latin America’s Middle Class: Unsettled Debates and New Histories (Lexington Books, 2013), which raises new questions and revisits older debates about studying class and about the role of the middle classes in Latin American history. She also co-edited the special journal dossier “Spy Reports: Content, Methodology, and Historiography in Mexico’s Secret Police Archive,” (Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 2013), which brings together historians from the first generation of scholars using this recently declassified archive and presents scholarly articles with transcriptions of related spy reports.

Professor Walker also studies the history of bankruptcy and the history of conspiracy theories. Her research is supported by the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, and a Visiting Fellowship from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

Before coming to Northeastern University, Professor Walker was on the faculty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She teaches courses on colonial and modern Latin American history, social movements, natural disasters, and the history of capitalism.

Selected Publications

Waking from the Dream: Mexico’s Middle Classes after 1968. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Editor, with David S. Parker. Latin America’s Middle Class: Unsettled Questions and New Histories. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013.

Editor, with Tanalís Padilla. “Spy Reports: Content, Methodology and Historiography in Mexico’s recently-opened Secret Police Archives.” Special dossier of Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 19, no. 1 (July 2013): 1-10.

“Spying at the Drycleaners: Anonymous Gossip in 1973 Mexico City” in “Spy Reports: Content, Methodology, and Historiography in Mexico’s Secret Police Archive,” ed. Tanalís Padilla and Louise E. Walker, dossier, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 19, no.1 (July 2013): 52-61.

with Tanalís Padilla. “In the Archives: History and Politics” in “Spy Reports: Content, Methodology, and Historiography in Mexico’s Secret Police Archive,” ed. Tanalís Padilla and Louise E. Walker, dossier, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 19, no.1 (July 2013): 1-10.

“Economic Fault Lines and Middle-Class Fears: Tlatelolco, Mexico City, 1985,” in Aftershocks: Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America, edited by Jürgen Buchenau and Lyman Johnson, University of New Mexico Press, 2009.

Selected Honors & Awards

Winner, Waking from the Dream, 2014 Best Book Award in the Social Sciences, sponsored by the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section.

Honorable Mention, Waking from the Dream, 2014 Thomas McGann Book Prize, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies.

Berlin Prize Fellowship, Hans Arnhold Center at the American Academy in Berlin. “Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico”.