I am Robert Weis, an Assistant Professor of Latin American history. While a student at World College West, in Northern California, I lived six months in Mexico. I knew then that I would spend the rest of my life studying Mexico and Latin America. I got my M.A. in Latin American Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, studying the history of the Bimbo Bear and how Mexico, with its millenarian tradition of maize tortillas, began to consume industrial white bread after 1945. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. My research there examined conflicts in Mexico City’s neighborhood panaderías between Mexican workers and Spanish immigrant owners and how these conflicts affected the food supply and daily life in the city.
I have presented at several academic conferences in the US and abroad. Recent publications include: “Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Bread, and Class Negotiation in Postrevolutionary Mexico City,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (Winter 2009) and articles in the Revista de Estudios Sociales (Colombia), Espacio Regional, Revista de Estudios Sociales (Chile) and Brújula revista interdisciplinaria sobre estudios latinoamericanos.
I am also a Spanish-English translator. Recent published translations include El Matrimonio en la ciudad de México, 168-1577 and entries in the Dictionary of Latin American Cultural Studies.
Currently, I teach the History of Brazil, Mexico, and Colonial Latin America.
During spring 2013, I am teaching:
- HIST 312: History of Brazil
- HIST 516:19th Century Latin America
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