Charles F. Walker

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Charles "Chuck" Walker is the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights[1] and professor of Latin American history at the University of California, Davis.[2] He also serves as director of its Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. His interests include Peru, natural disasters, social movements, subaltern politics, truth commissions, and sports and empire.


In 1999, Walker published Smoldering Ashes: Cuzco and the Transition from Colony to Republic, 1780–1840 (Duke University Press, 1999), which was translated into Spanish as De Túpac Amaru a Gamarra: Cuzco y la creación del Perú republicano (Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas, 3 editions).

In 2008, he published Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru and its Long Aftermath[3] (Duke University Press 2008), which according to one reviewer is "a brilliant discussion into how natural disasters affect not only the psyche of the inhabitants but also the manner in which social spaces and interactions are rethought with an eye toward achieving social order and control."[4] The book was translated into Spanish as Colonialismo en ruinas: Lima frente al terremoto y tsunami de 1746 (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos & IFEA, 2012).

In 2014, he published The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press, 2014), a narrative history of the uprising (1780–83).[5] The Tupac Amaru Rebellion earned the 2015 Norris and Carol Hundley Award,[6] given by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

He has also coedited several volumes in Peru, including a collection of his essays, Diálogos con el Perú (FEP San Marcos, 2009). He was co-translator (with Carlos Aguirre and Willie Hiatt) of Alberto Flores Galindo’s Buscando un Inca/In Search of an Inca (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His article, "When Fear Rather than Reason Dominates: Priests Behind the Lines in the Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780–1783)," won the José María Arguedas Prize from the Peru section in Latin American Studies Association (LASA)[7] 2013.

Other work[edit]

Walker currently serves on the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association[8] as well as editorial boards in Chile, Peru, Spain, and the United States. He is the Andes editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.[9]


  1. ^ "History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair". UC Davis. June 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Charles Walker — Department of History". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  3. ^ "Shaky Colonialism | Duke University Press". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2014-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Elliott, J. H. (23 October 2014). "The Huge, Ignored Uprising in the Andes by J.H. Elliott | The New York Review of Books". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  6. ^ "LAURELS: Housing officers association honors Galindo". UC Davis. August 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Latin American Studies Association (LASA)". Latin American Studies Association.
  8. ^ "Latin American Studies Association: Governance". Archived from the original on 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  9. ^ "Editorial Board - Latin American History: Oxford Research Encyclopedias". Retrieved 2016-07-23.

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