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Associate Professor
566 Hamilton Hall


MA University of California, San Diego, 2005
PhD University of California, San Diego, 2008

Research Interests

Miguel La Serna is interested in the relationship between culture, memory, and political violence in twentieth-century Latin America. He is currently working on a study that explores the ways in which MRTA guerrillas and the Peruvian state used historical memory and nationalist symbolism to promote, achieve, and thwart revolutionary change in late-twentieth-century Peru.

Some Notable Publications

  • The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency (UNC Press, 2012)
  • “Murió comiendo rata: Power Relations in Pre-Sendero Ayacucho, Peru, 1940–1983,” A Contracorriente Vol. 9 Issue 2 (Winter 2012), 1–34
  • “To Cross the River of Blood: How an Inter-Community Conflict is Linked to the Peruvian Civil War, 1940–1983,” in Power, Culture, and Violence in the Andes, eds. Christine Hunefeldt and Milos Kokotovic (Sussex Academic Press, 2009)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 51—Ideology and Revolution in Latin America
  • HIST 242—U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • HIST 390—The Indian Question in Latin America
  • HIST 393—The Life and Times of Che Guevara
  • HIST 527—Latin American Indigenous Peoples
  • HIST 528—Guerrillas and Counterinsurgencies in Twentieth-Century Latin America