John Womack

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John Womack Jr. (born 1937) is an historian of Latin America, particularly of Mexico, the Mexican Revolution (1910–1921) and Emiliano Zapata. In June 2009 he retired from his post as the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University.

Womack was born in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1937 to John Womack Sr., also an historian. He graduated summa cum laude at Harvard University in 1959 (see Publications) and became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. In the 60's he returned to his alma mater to earn a Ph.D. in History with exceptional research that gave him international prestige and his most famous book: Zapata and the Mexican Revolution. His dissertation earned him a place at Harvard as an assistant professor of Latin American History. He became a specialist in Mexican, Cuban and Colombian history, leading research in agrarian, industrial, and labor history.

On November 21, 2009, he received the 1808 Medal, given by the Mexico City government. He gave it up to the Mexican Union of Electricians, saying: "My infinite respect for the ability of Mexicans to transform in benefit of the majority their moments of crisis. Such conviction moves me to give honor and deliver this medal to the most important, most courageous organization that took form in this city during the revolutionary wars at the beginning of the last century, the Mexican Union of Electricians (...)".[1]

Womack also serves on the board of directors for FFIPP-USA (Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-USA) which is a network of Palestinian, Israeli, and International faculty, and students, working for an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and just peace.


  • Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (1999)
  • Zapata and the Mexican Revolution Vintage (1969) ISBN 0-394-70853-9
  • Zapata and the Mexican Revolution (1968)
  • Oklahoma’s Green Corn Rebellion: The Importance of Fools Harvard, senior thesis (1959)
  • Emiliano Zapata and the Revolution in Morelos, 1910-1920 Harvard, Ph.D. dissertation (1966)
  • The Revolution That Wasn't: Mexico, 1910-1920 The New Press, 2011


  1. ^ "México exige una reorganización política profunda y responsable: John Womack". Retrieved 24 November 2008. 

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