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Bradley Wright, PhD

Brad Wright is a historian of modern Mexico and the Americas, focusing on the social and political history of urban Mexico in the second half of the twentieth century. He has taught United States History courses at TSU and Middle Tennessee State (MTSU). Before teaching, he worked as a community organizer for grassroots immigrant and citizen groups in rural and urban Tennessee and Arkansas. Prior to that, he was a pastor in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas. He is currently completing a PhD in Public History at MTSU, with a dissertation that examines the construction of community in working-class neighborhoods and the dynamics of politics and power on the periphery of the city of Guadalajara, Mexico since the 1960s.


PhD Candidate, Middle Tennessee State University, expected 2018

MA, History, Vanderbilt University, 2016

MA, History, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012

BA, Philosophy, University of Arkansas, 2002

Courses Taught

U.S. History I; U.S. History II

Research Interests

Mexico 1960s-1990s; Social Movements; Politics & Everyday Life; Democracy; Citizenship; Public Sphere; Urban Popular Movements in Mexico; The Left in Latin America; Popular Education; Liberation Theology; Cities in Latin America; Cold War in Latin America; Politics & Religion; Space & Urban Development; Popular Culture; Arkansas History

Selected Publications

Forthcoming dissertation, tentatively titled, “Constructing Community, Contesting History: Popular Politics and Peripheral Citizenship in Urban Mexico, 1968-1994”

Journal Article, “Developing the ‘Ideal City,’ Finding the ‘Lost City’: Space and Power in the Social History of 20th-Century Urban Mexico”