Ricardo Alvarez-Pimentel

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Primary field of interest: 

Latin America

Ricardo is a Ph.D. candidate in twentieth-century Latin American History. His doctoral project analyzes the makings of “counterrevolutionary Mexico” by examining Catholic opposition to secularist state projects and exploring the precarious relationship between Mexico, the United States, and Europe between 1917 and 1949.  Specifically, Ricardo studies the rise of international conservative opposition to Mexico’s postrevolutionary state. He focuses on armed rebellions and radical press outlets as mechanisms whereby Mexico’s conservative Catholics and their allies— particularly women and student groups— expressed political, social, and cultural dissent against the state’s Revolutionary program.  Tracing the span of secret arms networks and underground webs of financial support, Ricardo links Mexico’s right-wing political movements to the Vatican, Spanish proto-fascist groups, and to capitalist interests spanning Canada, England, and the United States. His research relies primarily on archives in Mexico and the United States, though he has also found valuable materials in Spain, the U.K., France, and Italy.
Currently, Ricardo is working on two pieces recently accepted for publication (see CV below). The first is an article on Mexico’s Catholic women’s group, the Juventud Católica Femenina Mexicana (JCFM), and its infusion of Catholic doctrine to notions of feminism, nationalism, and anticommunism.  The second is a forthcoming book chapter on Mexican folk religion, its portrayals by North American academics, and the incorporation of these representations into U.S. and Mexican nation-building projects.  Over the course of his graduate career, Ricardo has completed research and attended conferences in London, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Mexico City, Bogota, and San Juan, among others.  His work at Yale University has been made possible thanks to the following generous awards: MacMillan Center International Dissertation Research Grant (Yale University), John F. Enders Research Fellowship (Yale University), Research and Travel Award in International History and Security (Yale University), Gayer G. Dominick Fellowship (Yale University), Angelo Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship (Yale University), Howard Futhey Brinton Fellowship (Yale University), Tinker Summer Research Grant (Yale University), and MacMillan Center International Pre-Dissertation Research Grant (Yale University). 
Ricardo earned a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago and holds extensive experience working for non-profit organizations and museum institutions. Feel free to email him with questions about the Yale graduate program.