Alan Knight (historian)

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Alan Knight (born November 6, 1946)[1][2] is professor of Latin American history at the University of Oxford, England, where he is a fellow at St. Antony's College and director of the Latin American Centre. Knight is the author of the two-volume The Mexican Revolution (Cambridge 1986) for which he received the Albert Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association and the Bolton Prize from the Conference on Latin American History. He is considered "an authority" on Mexico.[3]

Academic career[edit]

Before teaching at Oxford, Alan Knight taught at the University of Essex (1973–85) and the University of Texas at Austin (C.B. Smith Chair in History), and in 1986 was a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. In 1974, at age 28, he graduated with a D. Phil. in History from the University of Oxford. His doctoral dissertation was “Nationalism, xenophobia and revolution: the place of foreigners and foreign interests in Mexico, 1910–1915”.[citation needed]

Professor Knight is now the editor of the Cambridge Latin American Studies Series. Since 1985, he has been married to Lidia Lozano,[1] translator and contributor of Latin American history.

Published works[edit]

In addition to The Mexican Revolution (2 vols., Cambridge, 1986), Knight is the author of US-Mexican Relations, 1910-40 (San Diego, 1987), the 1930–1946 chapter on Mexico in The Cambridge History of Latin America (Vol. VII, 1990), The Mexican Petroleum Industry in the 20th Century (1992) and a three-volume general history of Mexico: Mexico, From the Beginning to the Spanish Conquest and Mexico, The Colonial Era (Cambridge, 2002). Volume 3 is yet to be published. Knight has also written numerous extended articles on 20th-century Mexico, related topics and theory.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Knight". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2001. 
  2. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  3. ^ The Guardian. 28 August 2003. 

External links[edit]

  • History @ 3313: Audio Interview with Alan Knight on the Mexican Revolution [1]