Catholic Studies & Social Thought — CELASA — History — Latin American Studies
Michael E. Stanfield

Michael E. Stanfield


Michael Edward Stanfield grew up in San Diego along the U.S./Mexican border, a location that left him optimistic and curious about the other side. He completed his B.A. at UC Berkeley, an M.A. at San Diego State University, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. History has always been his passion and Muse, Latin America and the United States the foci of most of his investigations.

Michael teaches a wide range of courses, ones designed to spark student interest in the past and in what makes us conscious humans. His research has taken him all around Latin America, particularly to Amazonia and the Andean region. He is currently working on a cultural history of feminine beauty in Colombia and is co-authoring a textbook on modern Latin American history. Future projects will take him further south to the Southern Cone and fieldwork in Argentina and Chile.

Michael is Coordinator of USF's Latin American Studies program and is an Associate Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA). His children, Lincoln, Payton, and Sophia remind him that commitment and love begin at home.