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Christon Archer

Director, Latin American Research Centre
Professor, Department of History

Phone: 403-220-7710
Office: SS644


Dr. Chris Archer received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1971) and from La Trobe University (1996) in Melbourne, Australia. He is a specialist in Mexican and Latin American military and naval history and has written extensively on the army of New Spain and on the Mexican Wars of Independence. His works include the Army in Bourbon Mexico (Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1977), that won the Bolton Prize of the Conference of Latin American History; and the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association Prize. He has had extensive experience in preparing studies on current conditions in Latin American nations and evaluating situations for Canadian business people who plan to live in Latin America.

Research Interests
Mexican and Spanish history, military history, Pacific exploration.
Dr. Archer’s current ongoing major research projects include books on Spanish exploration and presence in the North Pacific in the eighteenth century, on the Royalist Army and Counterinsurgency in New Spain, 1810-1825; and on the Wars of Independence in Latin America.