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Joaquin M Chávez, PhD

Associate Professor (On Leave, 2023-24 academic year)

History (Latin America, intellectual, religion, Cold War, and peace processes)


Building & Room:

1017 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3141


Professor Chávez is a historian of Latin America with a particular focus on the Cold War, intellectuals, Catholicism, and peace processes in Central America. Chávez received his doctorate from New York University.

Professor Chávez is the author of Poets and Prophets of the Resistance: Intellectuals and the Origins of El Salvador´s Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book provides a ground-up history of the polarization and mobilization that brought El Salvador to the eve of civil war. It studies trans-class political and cultural interactions between city and countryside–particularly secular and religious pedagogy–that drove the revolutionary mobilizations that anticipated the conflict.