John M. Tutino

John M. Tutino
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I am a teacher and historian of Mexico in the context of the Americas and the World. I aim to understand the histories of popular communities as they engaged colonial rule and early capitalism, national states and industrial challenges, revolutionary promises and national development–and now the unprecedented uncertainties of globalization and explosive urbanism. In the process, I search for ways to integrate studies of the environment, production, and state power with an emphasis on labor, ethnic, and gender relations, and on the cultural constructions that debate everything.

In other words, I study Mexican communities seeking a more integrated history–and and I try to explore that history over the long run and in global context. 

To bring those perspectives into the classroom, for undergraduates I teach the historical foundations of Latin America, 1400-1800, as well as the history of Mexico, its revolutions, and its integrations with the United States. With graduate students, my courses focus on exploring the diversity of the Americas as they engaged the world after 1500, and the History of Mexico and its diverse communities, rural and urban, from the colonial period through the present. I try to rethink with students at all levels the roots of global capitalism in the Americas before 1880, the transformations that marginalized Latin America in the industrial era after 1800, the experiements in national development after 1910, and the coming of globalization. My emphasis is not just that global powers have shaped communities across Mexico and the Americas, but that those communities have created the modern world–and thus their own worlds–in ways ranging from adaptation to negotiation to revolution–and migration.

My primary comparative interests focus on Central America and the Caribbean, Brazil, and increasingly the United States–all viewed in global contexts.

When I leave the department (which my family knows is not often enough) my goal is to get to the Bay, the ocean, or the mountains–to exhale and remember that nature still rules, if only we will allow her. Finally, I am a long suffering citizen of the Red Sox Nation (yet open enough to accept a committed Yankees fan as a doctoral student). Recent triumphs threw the world into disarray. We of the Nation have lived knowing that the best of people will repeatedly fight the good fight–and despite valiant efforts, always fall short of victory. We have no idea how to live in the glow of victory. Recent difficulties tell me the world stays its course.

  • Ph.D. (1976) The University of Texas at Austin, History
  • B.A. – Honors (1969) College of the Holy Cross, History



John Tutino, ed.. Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012.

John Tutino. Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajio and Spanish North America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Elisa Servin, Leticia Reina, John Tutino, eds.. Cycles of Conflict, Centuries of Change: Crisis, Reform, and Revolution in Mexico. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

John Tutino. From Insurrection to Revolution in Mexico: Social Bases of Agrarian Violence, 1750-1940 . Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Articles in Journals

John Tutino. “Capitalismo global, estado nacional, y los limites de la Revolucion: Tres momentos claves en el siglo XX mexicano.” Foro Internacional 51.3-4 (2011): 5-40.

John Tutino. “Soberania quebrada, insurgencias populares, y la independencia de Mexico: La guerra de independencias, 1808-1821.” Historia mexicana 59.1 (2009): 11-75.

John Tutino. “The Revolution in Mexican Independence: Insurgency and the Renegotiation of Property, Production, and Patriarchy in the Bajio, 1800-1855.” Hispanic American Historical Review 78.3 (1998): 367-418.

John Tutino. “Historias del Mexico agrario.” Historia mexicana 42.2 (1992): 177-220.

John Tutino. “Family Economies in Agrarian Mexico, 1750-1910.” Journal of Family History 10.3 (1985): 258-271.

John Tutino. “Power, Class, and Family: Men and Women in the Mexican Elite, 1750-1810.” The Americas 39.3 (1983): 359-381.

John Tutino. “Hacienda Social Relations in Mexico: The Chalco Region in the Era of Independence.” Hispanic American Historical Review 55.3 (1975): 496-528.

Articles in Books

John Tutino. “The Revolutionary Capacity of Rural Communities: Ecological Autonomy and Its Demise.” Cycles of Conflict, Centuries of Change: Crisis, Reform, and Revolution in Mexico. Ed. Elisa Servin, Leticia Reina, John Tutino. Durham, NC: Duke University Press,, 2007: 211-268

John Tutino. “Ethnic Resistance: Juchitan in Mexican History.” Zapotec Struggles: Histories, Politics, and Representations from Juchitan, Oaxaca. Ed. Howard Campbell. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993: 41-61

John Tutino. “Urban Power and Agrarian Society: Mexico City and Its Hinterland in the Colonial Era.” La ciudad y el campo en la historia de Mexico. Ed. Gisela von Wobeser, Eric Van Young. Mexico City: UNAM, 1992: I, 507-522

John Tutino. “Revolutionary Confrontation: Regional Factions, Class Conflicts, and the New National State, 1913-1917.” Provinces of the Revolution. Ed. Thomas Benjamin, Mark Wasserman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990.

John Tutino. “Agrarian Social Change and Peasant Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Mexico: The Example of Chalco.” Riot, Rebellion, and Revolution: Rural Social Conflict in Mexico. Ed. Friedrich Katz. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988: 95-140

John Tutino. “Life and Labor on North Mexican Haciendas: The Queretaro-San Luis Potosi Region, 1775-1810.” El trabajo y los trabajadores en la historia de Mexico. Ed. Josefina Vazquez, Michael Meyer, Elsa Cecilia Frost. Mexico City: El Colegio de Mexico, 1979: 339-378

John Tutino. “Provincial Spaniards, Haciendas, and Indian Towns: Interrelated Sectors of Agrarian Society in the Valleys of Mexico and Toluca, 1750-1810.” Provinces of Early Mexico. Ed. Ida Altman, James Lockhart. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center, 1976: 177-194