Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Iberian and Latin American History
Competition: US & Canada
Jeffrey Bortz earned a Ph.D. in Latin American History at UCLA and has taught at Appalachian State University since 1989. A former Fulbright research scholar, he has taught at a number of Mexican universities, including the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), and the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA). He is a former fellow of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, a former coordinator of the UCLA Program on Mexico, and a former visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. He has collaborated on research projects with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht.
His principal research interest is Mexican labor. He lived in Mexico City for a number of years where he published three books on industrial wages. The most complete was Los salarios industriales en la Ciudad de México, 1939-1975 (Mexico City, 1988). His most recent wage study (with Marcos Aguila) is “Earning a Living” in the Latin American Research Review (2006). For the last several years he has turned his attention to the broader labor regime, publishing Revolution within the Revolution: Cotton Textile Workers and the Mexican Labor Regime, 1910-1923 (Stanford, 2008). He is currently engaged in a study of the Mexican labor regime after the revolution.