Name: Maria-Aparecida Lopes
Home Department/Program: Chicano and Latin American Studies / History
Rank: Associate Professor
At Fresno State Since: 2007
Ph.D. in History, El Colegio de México (Mexico City, Mexico, 1996-1999)
Dissertation: “Abigeos, bandidos sociales y ‘malhechores facciosos’. Criminalidad y justicia en el estado de Chihuahua. 1876-1920,” (Cattle Rustlers and Social Bandits: Criminality and Justice in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 1876-1920) 1999. Committee: Profs. Romana Falcón (Chair), Javier Garciadiego, Luis Aboites, and Leticia Mayer.
M.A. in History, El Colegio de México (Mexico City, Mexico, 1993-1996)
Dissertation: “El abigeato: delito de mayor incidencia en el estado de Chihuahua, México. 1886-1897,” (Cattle Rustling in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 1886-1897), 1997.
B. A. in History, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 1987-1992).
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Forthcoming, “Borders, Trade, and Politics: Exchange between the United States and Mexican Cattle Industries, 1870-1947,” in collaboration with Paolo Riguzzi (El Colegio Mexiquense), in Hispanic American Historical Review (October, 2012).
2011. Consumo e abastecimento na história, Maria-Aparecida Lopes, Margarida Maria de Carvalho, and Denise Aparecida Soares Moura (editors), São Paulo: Editora Alameda.
2011. “‘Que se cumplan los sagrados principios de la revolución’: cambio y continuidad en la política de abasto de la carne en la ciudad de México,” Mexico: Historia Mexicana, Vol. 60:4 April-June, pp. 2111-2155.
2005. De costumbres y leyes. Abigeato y derechos de propiedad en Chihuahua durante el porfiriato, Mexico: El Colegio de México/El Colegio de Michoacán.
Selected Conference Papers and Presentations:
Lecture “Ganadería, comercio y consumo de carne en las primeras décadas del siglo XX: México y Brasil,” presented at Línea en Historia del Posgrado en Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Mexico City, February 1, 2010.
Lecture “O estado dos estudos de história da América Latina no Brasil e no México,” presented at the Graduate Program in History at Universidade Estadual Paulista, Franca, São Paulo, Brazil, June 16, 2009.
Paper “Ni revolucionarios ni bandidos. Abigeos chihuahuenses en el orden porfiriano,” presented at the Colloquium Volver al Norte de México, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, June 5 & 6, 2008.
For the last five years, Associate Professor Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes has been a faculty member in the Chicano and Latin American Studies and History Departments at California State University, Fresno, where she has been teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American history. She commenced her career in education as a high school teacher in the São Paulo public school system (Brazil). After finishing her PhD in Mexico, Dr. Lopes was a professor of U.S. and Latin American history at the State University of São Paulo for five years. She also taught a graduate course on Brazilian Historiography at Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico
Other Professional Activities:
First person statement on general and current research, teaching, and service interests:
For more than five years, I have been studying commercial relations between Mexico and the United States focusing on the livestock exchanges, from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s. My article “Revolution and Livestock Economy in Northern Mexico” (Revolución y ganadería en el norte de México) published in 2008 by Historia Mexicana, won Honorable Mention for the category Twentieth Century Mexican History awarded by Mexican Committee of Historical Sciences (Comité Mexicano de Ciencias Históricas), Mexico, July 7, 2010.
Apart from my research on Mexico-U.S. relations, I have also published articles on the following topics: a comparison between the Brazilian and the Mexican independence movements; socioeconomic aspects of the development of the cattle industry in Mexico and Brazil; the creation and evolution of urban centers in South America; and the Brazilian land laws in the nineteenth century.