Andrés Reséndez

Andres Resendez Portrait

Position Title

SSH 3209
Office Hours
Winter Quarter: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am and by appointment


  • Ph.D., History, University of Chicago, 1997
  • B.A., International Relations, el Colegio de México, Mexico City, 1992


Andrés Reséndez grew up in Mexico City where he went into politics for a brief period and served as a consultant for historical soap operas. He has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and UC Davis.

Research Focus

Reséndez specializes on early European exploration and colonization of the Americas, the U.S-Mexico border region, and the early history of the Pacific, particularly the pioneering voyages of discovery and the biological exchanges across the largest ocean on Earth.


  • Reséndez, A. (2021) Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Reséndez, A. (2016) The Other Slavery, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Reséndez, A. (2007) A Land So Strange, Basic Books
  • Reséndez, A. (2005) Changing National Identities at the Frontier, Cambridge University Press


Reséndez teaches undergraduate courses on Latin America, Mexico, and the history of food together with Sally McKee; and offers graduate seminars on colonial Latin America and Mexico.


2020-2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for the Magellan Exchange project.

The Other Slavery was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University among other distinctions.