Latin America

Hearing the Mermaid's Song

The Umbanda Religion in Rio de Janeiro
By Lindsay Hale

Based on personal experience as a participant and observer over nearly a decade, Hale explores the unique spiritual beliefs of this Afro-Brazilian religion that originated in Rio de Janeiro in the early twentieth century.


Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America
Edited by Jürgen BuchenauLyman L. Johnson

In using natural disasters as a way to study societal and especially political change, the essays in this volume illustrate the immediate as well as the long term consequences of destruction.

Women's Migration Networks in Mexico and Beyond

By Tamar Diana Wilson

This study examines the vital role that women's labor and personal networks play, both within Mexico and transnationally, in assisting other women to migrate and in providing support for male family members as well.

Andean Journeys

Migration, Ethnogenesis, and the State in Colonial Quito
By Karen Vieira Powers

This account of the native peoples of Ecuador in the sixteenth and seventeenth century shows how they not only resisted, adapted, and survived Spanish colonization but reinvented themselves as a culture.

The Archaeologist was a Spy

Sylvanus G. Morley and the Office of Naval Intelligence
By Louis R. SadlerCharles H. Harris

Sylvanus G. Morley was the most influential Mayan archaeologist of his generation and perhaps the greatest American spy of WWI. Harris and Sadler document for the first time Morley's dual career as a scholar and a spy. Working for the Office of Naval Intelligence, he proved an invaluable source of information about German and anti-American activity in Mexico and Central America.

The Secret War in El Paso

Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920
By Charles H. HarrisLouis R. Sadler

The untold story of El Paso and its role as the scene of clandestine operations during the Mexican Revolution is revealed here for the first time.

Yucatan Through Her Eyes

Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, Writer and Expeditionary Photographer
By Lawrence Desmond

The biography and photographs of this talented and adventurous woman are accompanied here by her previously unpublished diary.

Developing Zapatista Autonomy

Conflict and NGO Involvement in Rebel Chiapas
By Niels Barmeyer

Based on his own experience and further research in Chiapas, Barmeyer provides an in-depth analysis of the advances and limitations of the Zapatista autonomy project over the past fourteen years.

The Monuments of Piedras Negras, an Ancient Maya City

By Flora Simmons Clancy

The stunning imagery created at Piedras Negras was produced for cultural and ceremonial purposes, but Maya expert Clancy argues that its enduring artistic value cannot be ignored.

True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico

Edited by Robert BuffingtonPablo Piccato

This edited volume focuses on Mexico's social and cultural history through the lens of celebrated cases of social deviance from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.