David F. Espinosa is an associate professor of history at Rhode Island College. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focus is Church-State relations in post-revolutionary Mexico, primarily in the area of higher education. He has published scholarly articles on Mexican Catholic student organizations and is currently working on a history of Mexico’s Iberoamerican University, a Jesuit institution founded in 1943.
Flavia Fiorucci holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of London (2002). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Program of Intellectual History at the University of Quilmes in Argentina and lectures at the Universidad de San Andrés. She has published articles on the subject of intellectual and Peronism and co-edited a book on Argentine recent crisis.
Alan Knight is Professor of the History of Latin America, Fellow of St Antony’s College. His chief interest is twentieth-century Latin American history, with a focus on Mexico, agrarian society, state-building and revolutions. He is the author of The Mexican Revolution (2 vols., Cambridge, 1986) US-Mexican Relations, 1910-40 (San Diego, 1987); of the chapter on Mexico, 1930-1946, in The Cambridge History of Latin America (Vol. VII, 1990); and of two volumes of a three volume general history of Mexico, Mexico: From the Beginning to the Conquest, and Mexico: The Colonial Era (Cambridge, 2002). He has written several articles dealing with aspects of twentieth-century Mexico (state-building, popular movements, education and culture, current politics) and co-edited The Mexican Petroleum Industry in the 20th Century (1992). He is completing the third volume of the general history (Mexico Since Independence) and researching a socio-political study of Mexico in the 1930s. He previously taught at the University of Essex and the University of Texas at Austin, where he held the C.B. Smith Chair, and in 1986 was a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Dan La Botz, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is the author of several books on unions and politics in Mexico, the United States and Indonesia. He edits Mexican Labor News and Analysis, a joint project of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) and the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT). http://www.ueinternational.org/index.php [End Page v]
Kit McPhee completed a Ph.D. in History at The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. The focus of his research was the development of race relations in the port district of Rio de Janeiro in the years of the First Republic (1889-1930) and the experiences of Afro-Brazilian trade unions along the city’s waterfront. During his candidature he lectured and tutored in the History Department on both modern Latin America and various histories of the United States. His main areas of interest are the development of race relations in post-abolition societies across the Americas and the Lusophone world, with a particular focus on labor relations. He has recently published “A New 13th of May” an article on carioca trade unions in the early twentieth century which appears in the February 2006 issue of The Journal of Latin American Studies. Currently, Dr. McPhee teaches the International Baccalaureate History Program and Humanities at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. [End Page vi]