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Charles Walker

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Latin American History, 1992
  • M.A., Stanford University, Latin American Studies, emphasis in History, 1982
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies, emphasis in History and Spanish-American Literature, 1981
  • One Year exchange program, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1979-80

About

Charles Walker is professor of history and the director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. For more than a dozen years, he took students to Cusco, Peru, under the UC Davis Summer Sessions International Program.

Research Focus

Latin American social, cultural, and intellectual history; Peru and the Andes; the history of catastrophes and natural disasters (earthquakes); the Tupac Amaru Rebellion; Truth Commissions. Current Project: Violence, Memory and the Shining Path in Peru

Selected Publications

Walker, C. (2014) The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, Harvard University Press

  • Named as one of Financial Times' Best Books of 2014-History
  • Hundley Award for Best Book in History, Pacific Branch of the AHA

(Spanish translation: La rebelión de Tupac Amaru, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, 2015)

  • Walker, C., & Aguirre, C. (Eds.) (2010) and co-translator with Willie Hiatt, Alberto Flores Galindo, In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, introduction, XIII-XXIX.
  • Walker, C. (2009) Diálogos con el Perú: Ensayos de Historia, Fondo Editorial del Pedagógico San Marcos
  • Walker, C. (2008) Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima Peru and its Long Aftermath, Duke University Press (Spanish translation: Colonialismo en ruinas, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Lima), 2012)
  • Walker, C. (1999) Smoldering Ashes: Cuzco and the Creation of Republican Peru, 1780-1840 Duke University Press (Spanish translation: Entre Túpac Amaru y Gamarra: Cusco y la Formación del Perú Republicano, 1780-1840 Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas, October 1999. Second edition, 2004, third 2013; French translation (partial), Dial, revue mensuelle en ligne, December 2013-January 2014)

Teaching

Charles Walker teaches a variety of courses and seminars on Latin American and comparative history. He often teaches the survey courses, History 7A and 7B, and upper-division courses on Human Rights (HIS and HMR 161) and U.S.-Latin American Relations (168). His grad seminars vary greatly. 

Awards

  • MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights, 2015-
  • Honorary Membership into History Department, Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cuzco (Peru), 2014
  • Norbert Lechner Endowed Lecture, Universidad Diego Portales (Santiago, Chile), August 2014
  • UC Davis, Division of Social Sciences, Dean's Innovation Award 2014
  • José María Arguedas Best Article Prize, Peru Section, LASA 2013
  • UC Davis Academic Senate, Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
  • Education
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Latin American History, 1992
  • M.A., Stanford University, Latin American Studies, emphasis in History, 1982
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies, emphasis in History and Spanish-American Literature, 1981
  • One Year exchange program, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1979-80