Ulices Piña

Dr. Pina

Aug. 20, 2019 Faculty, Ulices Piña, CLA, History


Assistant Professor


Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
M.A. University of California, Riverside
B.A. University of California, Riverside

Contact Information

(562) 985-4426
Office: FO2-112

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Ulices Piña, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, specializing in the history of Mexico and Modern Latin America. A product of the California public school system, his teaching and research interests include revolutions, social movements, state formation studies, political culture, and social activism. Currently, he is revising a book manuscript tentatively titled, Rebellious Citizens (under advance contract with Stanford University Press). Situated in a moment marked by an unprecedented period of state interventions and the country’s turn towards democratic rule, the book investigates the impact of three successive upheavals that shook the established social order in the central-western state of Jalisco in the decades following the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. In so doing, it places the varied roles of ordinary people and elected officials in the country’s long fight for democracy, front and center, to tell the story of how they actively shaped the political process, made their own history, and struggled for equality and dignity.

Dr. Piña’s research has been supported by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, the Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS), the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS), and the National Institute of Historical Studies on the Revolutions of Mexico (INEHRM), among others. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, he taught at Colorado College where he was a postdoctoral fellow and a visiting faculty member of the history department. He is also long-time supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Selected Publications

“Rebellion at the Fringe: Conspiracy, Surveillance, and State-Making in 1920s Mexico.” Journal of Social History 55, no. 4 (2022): 973-1000.

“Recent Trends in State Formation Studies on Latin America,” Latin American Research Review 57, no. 1 (2022): 226-236.

“Los Angeles Soccer is thriving, thanks to Latino fans. But it wasn’t always so.” The Washington Post, February 25, 2022.

“Digital Resources: Dark Tourism in Latin America.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. 

“The Different Roads to Rebellion: Socialist Education and the Second Cristero Rebellion in Jalisco, 1934-1939.” Letras Históricas, no. 16 (Spring 2017 – Summer 2017): 165-192.

Book Reviews in Journal of Social History, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, H-LatAm, and Relaciones Estudios de Historia y Sociedad. 


History of Mexico (HIST 462)

Methodology of History (HIST 301)

Latin American Nations (HIST 364)

The History of Social Activism (HIST 476)

Revolutionary and Social Movements in Latin America (HIST 499)

Historical Research and Writing (HIST 502)


Curriculum Vitae