Gerardo Renique is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the City College of the City University of New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Agraria, Lima, Peru where he obtained a B.S. in agronomy. He received a M.A. and a Ph.D in history from Columbia University in 1983 and 1990 respectively.
Professor Rénique’s research has focused on the modern and contemporary history of Peru and Mexico. His book Peru Time of Fear (Latin America Bureau: London, 1992) [co-authored] examines the political and social history of the Andean country from the 1960s to the 1990s. His current research on Peru examines the nature of Fujimori’s state formation and the political and cultural dynamics of the popular and antisystemic movements and political organizations that fueled the resistance and mobilization responsible for its recent fall. The main ideas and hypothesis guiding this research are presented in the recently published Popular Movements, the Legacy of the Left, and the Fall of Fujimori in Socialism and Democracy, # 28 (vol. 14, n.2, Fall/Winter, 2000).His other of research concentrates of the Mexican border state of Sonora. Professor Rénique’s unpublished dissertation examines Sonora’s economic and social history between the 1850s and the advent of the 1910 revolution. At the moment he is completing a manuscript, provisionally titled Race, Region and Nation. Sonora’s Anti-Chinese Movement in the Formation of México’s Nation-State, on the relatively unknown anti-Chinese movement that during the 1920s and 1930s spread from the state of Sonora into the rest of the country. This book focuses on the relationship between this movement to the racial understandings and nationalist projects of the Sonoran revolutionary fraction that laid the foundations of México’s national state, governing party, cultural institutions and nationalist ideology during the 1920s and 1930s. Parts of this manuscript have been recently published as Anti-Chinese Racism, Nationalism and State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 14, 89-137, 2001; and as “Race, Region and Nation. Sonora’s Anti-Chinese Racism and México’s Post-Revolutionary Nationalism,” in Nancy Applebaum, Anne MacPherson, and Karin Alexandra (eds.) Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming).