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Jose Luis Ramirez

Graduate Student



Building & Room:

1027 UH


610 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(917) 476-3531

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Office Hours - Spring Semester
Tuesday 11:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm


José is a Ph.D. student who specializes in Modern Latin American History, 19th and 20th Centuries—U.S.-Latin American Relations and Foreign Policy, The Global Cold War, Latin American Revolutions and Armed Conflict, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency, Nation and Citizenship, Peasant Politics, Social Movements, Oral History, and Memory.


Born in El Salvador, José Ramirez immigrated with his family to the United States as political refugees in 1981.  Raised in New York City, José considers himself a true New Yorker who is resilient, diverse, and amicable.  José is a world traveler, having traveled extensively throughout the world, researching fashion trends as a Fashion Designer.  Throughout his travels, his exposure to cultures marginalized by the capitalist machine has led him to pursue research to understand how socio-political processes, particularly in Latin America, have impinged on the freedoms, civil rights, and human rights, of the people, and what factors can foster democratization and social development.

Notable Honors

August 2017 - Present, History Doctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

May 2019 - September 2019, The Social Science Research Council, Northwestern University

2015 - 2017, Undergraduate Fellowship, The City College of New York

2016 - 2017, NYC Men Teach Fellowship, New York City

2015 - 2016, S J Levy Fellowship, The City College of New York

2015 - 2016, Pipeline Fellowship, City University of New York


Ph.D. - The University of Illinois at Chicago, History, Latin America and the Caribbean, Expected date of completion May 2022
MA - The University of Illinois at Chicago, History, Latin America and the Caribbean, May 2019
BA - The City College of New York—CUNY, History, June 2017
AAS - Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Design—Couture, May 1995

Courses Taught:

The University of Illinois at Chicago
• Teaching Assistant—HIST 272, China Since 1911
• Teaching Assistant—HIST 104, Modern America From Industrialization to Globalization, Fall 2019
• Teaching Assistant—HIST 101, Making the Modern World (Western Civilization since 1648), Spring 2019
• Teaching Assistant—HIST 255, History of Chicago, Fall 2018
• Teaching Assistant—HIST 104, Modern America From Industrialization to Globalization, Spring 2018
• Teaching Assistant—HIST/LALS 262, Latin America Since 1850, Fall 2017

La Guardia Community College-CUNY Summer 2017 and Summer 2018
• Teaching Assistant—USR 099, Reading and Writing Methods

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Mission Statement Committee Member September 2017 - December 2017
• As a committee member, working alongside the Chairman, Graduate Studies Director of the History Department at UIC, and other faculty, rewriting the mission statement for the department. The new mission statement capitulates the American Historical Association’s diversity initiative that aims to diversify the Ph.D. for the next generation of scholars.

The City College of New York—CUNY, Grants and Sponsored Programs February 2015 – June 2016
• Division of Research, Assistant Grants Coordinator: Assisted Grants Coordinators with the solicitation and application processes. Managed proposals database: application submission, routing, tracking, and amendments. Prepared interface with funding sources for awarded distributions.

The City College of New York—CUNY August 2016 - May 2017
• Undergraduate Mentor: Assisted Dr. Adrienne Petty, history and Black Studies professor and Dr. Seiji Shirane, History and Asian Studies professor, mentor students struggling with reading history and articulating

Selected Presentations

“Transcending Boundaries,” International Historical Studies Conference at Central Michigan University — Presenter. “The Salvadoran Revolution: The Ultimate Expression of Socio-Political Mobilization—From Social Struggle to Armed Conflict, 1980,” winner for Best Paper.

“Challenges for Researchers in Violent Environments,” The Global School International Conference at Cristosal, San Salvador — Presenter. “Usurped Citizenship, Sovereignty, and Freedom: Bloody Liberation, 1980-1992.”

Research Currently in Progress

“Legitimizing the War that Never Was: The Salvadoran Civil War Revisited.”