Assistant Professor of History and Catholic Studies
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Professor Chávez is a historian of Latin America with a particular focus on modern El Salvador, revolutionary movements, and the Catholic Church. He received his doctorate in 2010 from New York University, where he held the Henry McCracken, Dean, and Torch fellowships. During 2011-12, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the International Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He joined UIC in Fall 2012.
Professor Chávez's scholarship centers on the revolution in El Salvador, with special emphasis on the coalition of peasant leaders and left wing intellectuals—many of whom were inspired by the teaching and social mission of the Catholic Church—who worked together to overthrow the dictatorship during the 1970s and 80s. He is currently revising his dissertation for publication under the title On Poets and Prophets: Popular Intellectuals and the Origins of El Salvador’s Civil War. Professor Chávez has several previous publications to his credit as well, including an article on revolutionary El Salvador in a book edited by two leading historical geographers and published by the University of Chicago Press, a chapter in a forthcoming edited volume on the social history of counterinsurgency, and a forthcoming article in The Americas (a leading journal in Latin American history).
In addition to his academic career Professor Chávez has been deeply engaged in peace and reconciliation work in his native El Salvador as well as in other hot spots including Nepal. He has published articles and book chapters on the peace and reconciliation movement in El Salvador. He has presented his work in scholarly and popular venues in the United States and Latin America alike.