Stephen Lewis

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Office: Trinity 223B 
Phone: (530) 898-6244


My current research project reevaluates the history of indigenismo (official Indian policy) in Chiapas and Mexico in general. I have a contract with the University of New Mexico Press and plan to submit the final draft of the manuscript this summer. I have also been working on the Spanish-language translation of my first book, The Ambivalent Revolution, which is due out this spring.

In January 2012, I received Honorable Mention for the Tibesar prize, awarded by the Latin American branch of the American Historical Association for the best article published in The Americas. This article, entitled “Modernizing Message, Mystical Messenger: The Teatro Petul in the Chiapas Highlands, 1954-1974,” can be downloaded here.


In April 2011, I was awarded the Edwin Lieuwen Award for Outstanding Teaching of Latin American Studies by the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies.

Published Books

La revolución ambivalente. Forjando Estado y nación en Chiapas, 1910-1945 (translation of The Ambivalent Revolution, Albuquerque, 2005), forthcoming, México: UNAM: CIMSUR/CONACULTA: CONECULTA/UNACH/UNICACH/UNICH/COCYTECH, 2015.

With Margarita Sosa Suárez, coord., Monopolio de aguardiente y alcoholismo en Chiapas: Un estudio ‘incómodo’ de Julio de la Fuente. México, D.F.: Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, 2009.

With Mary Kay Vaughan, The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

The Ambivalent Revolution: Forging State and Nation in Chiapas, Mexico, 1910-1945. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Published articles and book chapters

“Revolution without Resonance? Mexico’s “Fiesta of Bullets” and Its Aftermath in Chiapas, 1910-1940,” in The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940. Douglas W. Richmond and Sam W. Haynes, eds. College Station: Texas A and M Press, 2013, 161-186.

“Indigenista Dreams meet Sober Realities: The Slow Demise of Federal Indian Policy in Chiapas, Mexico, 1951-1970,” Latin American Perspectives 39:5 (September 2012), 63-79.