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Mateo Jarquin

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of History
Grinnell College, Bachelor of Arts
Harvard University, Ph.D.


Originally from Nicaragua, Mateo Jarquín joined the Department of History at Chapman University after earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2019.

His scholarship asks how 20th-century revolutions in the so-called Third World have framed global debates about development, democratization, and international relations. Based on archival and oral history research in several Latin American countries, his current project examines Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution (1979-1990) through a transnational lens. Additionally, insights drawn from this research agenda have appeared in written pieces for publications such as Axios, Política Exterior, and the New York Times, and he has provided expert commentary on Central American politics to media outlets including The Economist, BBC Radio, and Al Jazeera English.

Courses taught at Chapman include: Modern Latin American History, U.S.-Latin American Relations, Comparative Revolutions, and Readings in the Global Cold War.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Nicaragua: Dos Crisis,” in Política y crisis en América Latina: reacción e impacto frente a la covid-19, eds. Salvador Martí I Puig and Manuel Alcántara Sáez (Barcelona: Marcial Pons Ediciones Jurídicas y Sociales, 2020).
“Nicaragua: The Sandinista Revolution,” in Legacies of Revolutions, ed. Peter Furtado (London: Thames & Hudson, 2020).
“As Venezuela Grabs Headlines, Nicaragua Sinks Further into Dictatorship,” Axios, February 20, 2019.
“Human Rights Crisis Continues to Roil Ortega’s Nicaragua,” Axios, August 30, 2018.
“The Beginning of the End for Ortega?” The New York Times, April 26, 2018. (Also appeared in NYT Spanish Edition as ¿El comienzo del fin para Ortega?”)
“Nicaragua no es Venezuela,” Política Exterior no. 185 (September-October 2018): 6-13
“Red Christmases: the Sandinistas, indigenous rebellion, and the origins of the Nicaraguan civil war, 1981-82,” Cold War History 18 no.1, (2017): 91-110.
Crónica sobre una guerrilla, 1982-2007 by Gilles Bataillon in TRACE: Travaux et Recherches dans les Amériques du Centre, no. 70 (Summer 2016).
“Navidad Roja: la historia de la violencia en el Caribe,” Confidencial, October 13, 2016.
“As Latin America’s Last Insurgency Ends, a Look Back at an Early and Imperfect Model,” International Boulevard, September 27, 2016.
“Panorama de la ampliación infraestructural en Nicaragua de los años 50 y 60,” Revista de Historia — Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica, No. 30 (Summer 2015).
“Dos caras de China en Nicaragua,” Infolatam, February 9, 2015.