- Ph.D., Latin American History, UW-Madison, 1974
- MA, Ibero-American Studies, UW-Madison, 1969
- BA, Hispanic Civilization, UC Santa Barbara, 1968
Tom Holloway is currently researching the case of Apulco de Castro, an Afro-Brazilian newspaper editor notoriously murdered in Rio de Janeiro in 1883, whose memory was then virtually eliminated from the historical record.
He is the editor of the Blackwell Companion to Latin American History (2008). He served as Director of the UCD Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, 2000-07, as Executive Secretary of the Conference on Latin American History, 2002-07, and is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (2000-01). He currently serves on the Board of Editors of the Hispanic American Historical Review. From 1974 until his arrival at UC Davis in 2000 he was on the History faculty of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he also served as Director of the Latin American Studies Program for several years.