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Professor and Department Chair
566 Pauli Murray Hall
Office Hours: T 9:30-11:00am and by appointment


BA University of California, Davis, 2002
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 has published numerous studies on the political violence of late-20th century Peru, and is currently working on a project that puts Andean insurgencies in global perspective.

Some Notable Publications

  • With Masses and Arms: Peru's Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • The Shining Path: Love, Madness and Revolution in the Andes (co-authored with Orin Starn). New York: WW Norton & Company, 2019.
  • The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina 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 142–Latin America Under Colonial Rule
  • HIST 143–Latin America Since Independence
  • HIST 145–Latin American Indigenous Peoples
  • HIST 242—U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • HIST 248–U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • HIST 280–Women and Gender in Latin America
  • HIST 398—The Life and Times of Che Guevara
  • HIST 714–Colloquium in the History of Latin America since 1810
  • HIST 742–History and Memory
  • HIST 820–Problems in Latin America: Latin America in the Cold War