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Victor Macias-Gonzalez

Office hoursTuesdays 11 AM-12 Noon, Thursdays 10:30 AM-12 Noon, and by appointment.
Specialty area(s)Latin America, Nineteenth-century Mexico, Porfiriato (1876-1911), Diplomacy, Transnational Migration, Mexican communities abroad (London, Paris, Chicago), Mexican-British relations in the Victorian Age, Consumption and Material Culture, and Masculinity.
Brief biographyI joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2000, tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2006, and to professor in 2013. In addition to my teaching, advising, research, and service duties in the Department of History, I hold a joint appointment in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I directed the Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies from 2001 to 2012 and I since 2009, I coordinate the Eagle Mentoring Program, a retention initiative for historically under-represented, underprivileged second-year students majoring in the College of Liberal Studies. I am firmly committed to affirmative activism.

My research interests focus broadly on gender, sexuality, class, and material culture of Mexico in the long nineteenth century (1750-1930). I am a specialist of the Porfirian age in Mexico (1876-1911) and my publications have analyzed the Mexican aristocracy, manuals of etiquette, portraiture, genealogy, consumption, and leisure. I am presently completing a monograph on the Mexican aristocracy and have developed a new project exploring the homophile movement in Mexico ca. 1930-1960. I have been involved in the development of Mexican LGBT history and have mentored graduate students in this emerging field.

On a more personal note, I was born in El Paso, Texas, but grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Whenever I am not teaching in La Crosse, you can probably find me in a library, archive, or bookstore. My partner and I are bibliophiles, enjoy period films, documentaries, cooking, and travel.
Current courses at UW-LFall 2013:
HIS 345: US-Latin American Relations
HIS 102: Global Transition and Change (Theme: Gender and Sexuality)
LS 200: Career Exploration and Planning (Eagle Mentoring Program)
Teaching historyHIS 101 and 102
HIS 200: Historiography and Historical Methods
HIS 210: Survey of U.S. History
HIS 490: History Research Seminar
HIS 300: Spain since 1700
HIS 325: America in the Cold War
HIS 336: Hispanics in the United States
HIS 341: Nineteenth-Century Latin America
HIS 342: Twentieth-Century Latin America
HIS 344: Colonial Latin America
HIS 345: US-Latin American Relations
HIS 347: History of Greater Mexico
HIS 356: History of Mexico
HIS 360: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Professional historyProfessor of History and WGSS, UW-L, 2013-present
Associate Professor of History and WGSS, UW-L, 2006-2013
Assistant Professor of History and WGSS, UW-L, 2000-2006
Director, Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, UW-L, 2001-2012
Director, Eagle Mentoring Program, UW-L, 2009-present
Visiting Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota, 2008
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Chicano Studies, UT-El Paso, 1999-2000
Research and publishingSelected Publications or Presentations

• Víctor M. Macías González and Anne Rubenstein, eds. Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012.
• “Learning the Rules of the Game: Informal Empire and the Mexican Experience at Stonyhurst College, 1805-1920,” in The Victorian World. Edited by Martin Hewitt. Routledge Worlds Series, 2012.
• Víctor M. Macías-González and Steven Bunker, "Ch. 3: Consumption and Material Culture from Pre-Contact to the Porfiriato." and "Ch. 4: Consumption and Material Culture in the 20th Century," in A Companion to Mexican History. Wiley, 2011.
• "The Case of the Murdering Beauty: Narrative Construction, Beauty Pageants, and the Postrevolutionary Mexican National Myth (1921-1931).” In True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico. Edited by Robert Buffington and Pablo Piccato. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009. Link
• “Masculine Friendships, Sentiment, and Homoerotics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico: The Correspondence of José María Calderón y Tapia, 1820s-1850s.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 16, 3 (September 2007): 416-35. Link
• “Presidential Ritual in Porfirian Mexico: Curtsying in the Shadow of Dictators.” In Heroes and Hero Cults in Latin America. Edited by Samuel Brunk and Ben Fallaw, 83-108. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2006. Link
• “The Lagartijo at The High Life: Notes on Masculine Consumption, Race, Nation, and Homosexuality in Porfirian Mexico.” In The Famous 41: Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901. Edited by Robert McKee-Irwin, Edward J. McCaughan, and Michelle Rocío Nasser, 227-249. New York: Palgrave Press, 2003. Link

Selected Awards
2013 Wisconsin Professor of the Year, Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, U.S. Professor of the Year Awards Program.
2011 Recognition of Excellence Award in Inclusive Excellence, The College of Liberal Studies of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
2009 University of Wisconsin System Grant, Closing the Achievement Gap: Promoting Institutional Change to Foster Access and Excellence for Historically Underrepresented Populations. Awarded $30,000 to establish a 2-year pilot Eagle Mentoring Program.
2006 Summer Research Fellowship, Regenstein Library and Center for Latin American Studies, the University of Chicago.
2004 Recognition of Excellence Award in Research and Scholarship, The College of Liberal Studies of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
2004 James L. Loveless Award for University Service, Office of International Education of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
2003 Friedrich Katz Prize, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Administrativas, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
2002 National Endowment for the Humanities “Hispanic Gendering of the Americas” Summer Institute, Arizona State University.
EducationPh.D. History, Texas Christian University, 1999
M.A. History, University of Texas at El Paso, 1995
B.A. Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso 1992