FacultyArthur Schmidt

Professor Emeritusarthur_schmidt

Gladfelter 9th Floor
1115 W Berks Street


Mexico, Latin America, World Economy


Arthur Schmidt is a Professor Emeritus of History at Temple University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history, Mexican migration to the United States, and world economic history. He has a B.A. from Harvard College (1965) and a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University at Bloomington (1973). At Temple he is a former Director of the Latin American Studies Center, former Director of the Urban Studies Program, and a former chair of the Board of Temple University Press.

Selected Publications

  • “A Case of Revolutionary Overreach,” A Contracorriente 9.1 (Fall 2011): 394-409. (Link)
  • “A Long Pattern of Not So Divine Intervention: A Commentary on Brian Loveman’s No Higher Law,” A Contracorriente 8.3 (Spring 2011): 287-299. (Link)
  • “Foreword.” Mexican Voices of the Border Region. By Laura Velasco Ortiz and Oscar F. Contreras. Trans. Sandra del Castillo. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011, vii-xvi. (Voices of Latin American Life series).
  • “Defrosting Contemporary Latin American History,” A Contracorriente 6.1 (Fall 2008): 347-361. (Link)
  • “The Political and Economic Reverberations of the Cuban Revolution in Mexico, 1959-1970,” History Compass 6.4 (July 2008): 1140-1163.
  • Co-author with Aurora Camacho de Schmidt. “Introduction: Translating Fear.” In Surviving Mexico’s Dirty War: A Political Prisoner’s Memoir by Alberto Ulloa Bornemann. Ed. and trans. Aurora Camacho de Schmidt and Arthur Schmidt. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007, 1-17. (Voices of Latin American Life series).
  • “Foreword.” Lucia, Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer’s Woman. By Robert Gay. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005, ix-xix. (Voices of Latin American Life series).
  • “Introduction.” My Life as a Colombian Revolutionary: Reflections of a Former Guerrillera. By María Eugenia Vázquez Perdomo. Trans. Lorena Terando. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005, ix-xxx. (Voices of Latin American Life series).
  • “Making It Real Compared to What? Reconceptualizing Mexican History Since 1940.” In Fragments of a Golden Age. Mexican Cultural Politics Since 1940. Ed. Gilbert M. Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, and Eric Zolov. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001, 23-68.
  • “Mexicans, Migrants, and Indigenous Peoples: The Work of Manuel Gamio in the United States, 1925-1927.” In Strange Pilgrimages: Travel, Exile, and Foreign Residency in the Creation of Latin American Identity, 1800-1990s. Ed. Ingrid E. Fey and Karine Racine. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2000, 163-178.
  • “Introduction. The Continuing Significance of El Salvador.” El Salvador in the Eighties: Counterinsurgency and Revolution. By Mario Lungo. Ed. Arthur Schmidt. Trans. Amelia F. Shogan. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996, 1-39.
  • “The Internationalization of the Economic Crisis in Mexico and Central America.” In Globalization, Urbanization, and the State: Selected Studies on Contemporary Latin America. Ed. Satya Pattnayak. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1996, 43-64.
  • “Globalization, Neoliberal Ideology, and National Identity: The Historical Uncertainties of NAFTA.” Caribbean Studies 29.1 (Jan-June 1996): 67-105.
  • Co-author with Aurora Camacho de Schmidt. “Foreword: The Shaking of a Nation.” Nothing, Nobody. Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake. By Elena Poniatowska. Trans. Aurora Camacho de Schmidt and Arthur Schmidt. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995, ix-xxix. (Voices of Latin American Life series).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Introduction to Latin America
  • Che Guevara and the Question of Revolution
  • Latin American Social Struggles
  • Latin American Cities
  • Studies in Latin American History
  • War in Central America
  • Revolutionary Mexico
  • Contemporary Mexico
  • Cambio social de América Latina
  • The World Economy Since 1945
  • Development and Globalization
  • California Dreams, California Nightmares
  • Mexican Migration to the United States