Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University, Massachusetts

Siemens Fellow - Class of Fall 2014


Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University Louise E. Walker focuses on colonial and modern Mexican and Latin American history, social movements, natural disasters, and the history of capitalism. She completed her BA in history at McGill University (2000) and PhD at Yale University (2008) and subsequently taught at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, and at the New School for Social Research, in New York City. Her first book, Waking from the Dream: Mexico’s Middle Classes after 1968 (Stanford, 2013), tells the story of neoliberalism and democracy in Mexico and won the 2014 Award for the Best Book in the Social Sciences from the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the honorable mention in the 2014 Thomas McGann Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. Walker is co-editor of Latin America’s Middle Class: Unsettled Debates and New Histories (Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2013) and of a special journal dossier on Mexico’s recently declassified secret police archives, “Spy Reports: Content, Methodology, and Historiography in Mexico’s Secret Police Archive” (Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 2013). Her work has been supported most recently by the American Council of Learned Societies.