Lowell W. Gudmundson
Professor of Latin American Studies and History
Central America; Afro-Latin America; coffee and rural history
Lowell Gudmundson is a member of the Latin American Studies Program and the History Department. A promoter and product of the dramatic developments within social science research and the historical profession in Costa Rica during the 1970s, Gudmundson teaches the introductions to the field of Latin American studies as well a variety of courses in the social and economic history of the Americas. His comparative and interdisciplinary interests have led to such courses as Slavery in the Americas; Agrarian America: Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, Wheat, Bananas; Afro-Latin America; Postmodernism and Latin America; and Literature and Revolution in Central America. Prior to coming to Mount Holyoke, he taught for seven years at the Universidad Nacional and the Universidad de Costa Rica, followed by appointments at Florida International University and the University of Oklahoma.
A leading figure in the fields of agrarian and social history in Latin America in general, and in Central America in particular, Gudmundson has held editorial board appointments with major journals in the field, such as the The Americas, the Revista de Historia, and the Hispanic American Historical Review, for whose annual best article prize he has twice received honorable mention. Elected to the General Committee of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) of the American Historical Association, he has also chaired the annual program committees for both CLAH and the Latin American Studies Association. In 2004 Gudmundson was named a Corresponding Member of the Academia de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala. His research and training have won support from the Ford and Tinker Foundations, the Social Science Research Council, the Howard Heinz Endowment, and (three times) from the Fulbright Program. Gudmundson's books, in both Spanish and English editions, include: (as coeditor and contributor) Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America (1995, 2001); (with Hector Lindo-Fuentes) Central America, 1821–1871 (1992, 1995); Costa Rica before Coffee (1986, 1990); and three edited collections on social history topics published in Costa Rica in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Gudmundson is currently pursuing research in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
- "Gudmundson Speaks on Costa Rican Elections," Latin Pulse, January 10, 2014
- "La Negritud en Centroamerica: Entre Raza y Raíces," Video of Book Presentation, Universidad de Costa Rica, June 7, 2012
- "La Negritud en Centroamerica: Entre Raza y Raíces," Editorial de la Universidad Estatal A Distancia, June 25, 2012
- "Was the Monge Administration Neutral?" Office of Communications, December 8, 2011.
- "The difficult Battle of Wills with Ronald Reagan," Office of Communications, December 8, 2011.
- "El duro pulso con Ronald Reagan," La Nación, December 4, 2011.
- "¿Fue neutral el gobierno de Monge?" La Nación, November 20, 2011.
- "MHC’s Gudmundson Edits New Book," Office of Communications, September 15, 2010.
- "MHC’s Gudmundson Speaks on Costa Rica," Office of Communications, April 26, 2010.
- "Gudmundson Nominated for CLAH Leadership," Office of Communications, November 14, 2008.
- "Gudmundson and Townsley Receive NEH Grants," Office of Communications, March 11, 2008.
- "MHC's Gudmundson in American Historical Review," November 15, 2007.
- "Gudmundson on History and Hero Worship," La Nacion, July 22, 2007.
- "MHC's Gudmundson in La Nacion," Office of Communications, June 4, 2007.
- "Choosing a Color for the Cosmic Race: African Americans and National Identities in Central America".
- "Gudmundson to Explore Ethnic Identity Constructs in Central America with $115,000 NEH Grant," College Street Journal, May 4, 2001.
- "Coffee Proves Intellectual Stimulant for MHC Scholar," College Street Journal, March 22, 1996.
- "Africanos y afrodescendientes en Centroamérica: fuentes y estrategias recientes para su estudio," Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos, December 18, 2009.