Upcoming Events

Check back Fall 2016 for updates on upcoming events!


View our 2016 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture, featuring John Faragher on "Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles," here.

View our recent lecture, “Crybullies, the Death of Free Speech, and Other Red Herrings: Universities and the Public in the Age of Social Media,” by Dean of Yale College, Jonathan Holloway, here.

Congrats to Dr. Monahan of the UNM History Department for the recent publication of her book, The Merchants of Siberia! Read more here.

Dr. Connell-Szasz of the UNM History Department has received the 2016 Judith Lee Ridge Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians for her WHA Presidential Address, "A' Ghàidheltachd and the North American West," (WHQ, 46 Spring 2015). Read more here.

Dr. Cathleen Cahill and Dr. Sam Truett of the UNM History Department have been named as “Distinguished Lecturers” of the Organization of American Historians. Read more here.

Center for the Southwest

MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Mesa Vista, 2061

Phone: (505) 277-4344
Fax: (505) 277-6023

Center for the Southwest

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Welcome to the Center for the Southwest

The Center for the Southwest is an institution devoted to the study of the region spanning the vast Mexican territories that became part of the United States by 1853.  The Southwest is a terrain with deep and multiple histories, a complicated and volatile present, and remarkable potential.  This region, comprising the whole of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada, and parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming, has for millennia been home to shifting and contentious array of indigenous peoples. 

The Center for the Southwest recognizes this contested, layered past, linked with the larger histories of the Americas and the peoples who have survived, adapted to, and shaped repeated political upheavals.  At the same time, we also recognize that the region has, for nearly a century and a half, belonged to the United States, and now encompasses the most dynamic, fastest growing part of that nation.  We also seek to understand this region in the context of globalizing forces that at once disrupt and reinforce regional differences. 

Feel free to like us on Facebook for follow us on Twitter. You can also contact us at cntrsw@unm.edu.