Peter F. Klaren

Emeritus Faculty


Peter F. Klaren specializes in the socio-political history of twentieth century Latin America, particularly Peru and the Andean region. The recipient of post-doctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, he was the co-founder and convener of the GW University Seminar on Andean Culture and Politics (1986-1991) and recipient of the 1995 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Teaching Prize at GWU. During the 2007-08 academic year, he served as Visiting Professor of History at the University of California in Irvine. Professor Klaren has also taught at Washington State University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Georgetown University. He also consults occasionally with the US Department of State on matters concerning Peru. His new book is a Historical Dictionary of Peru from Roman and Littlefield, 2017. Additionally, in 2017 Professor Klarén was awarded the Orden del Sol del Perú by the Peruvian government, the highest honor bestowed by the nation, in recognition of his scholarship on the history and politics of Peru.

HIST 3710: History of Latin America, 1492-1820

HIST 3711: History of Latin America since 1820

HIST 6710, 6711: Readings and Research Seminar: Modern Latin America

Formación de las haciendas azucareras y orígines del APRA, 3rd ed. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Coleccion Clasicos, 2016.

Nación y sociedad en la historia del Perú, 7th printing, Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2016.

"Time of Fear (1980-2000), Modern Violence and the Long Sweep of Peruvian History." In Historizar el pasado vivo en America Latina/Historicizing the Living Past in Latin America, ed. Anne Perotin-Dumon. Ford Foundation bilingual e-publication, 2007.

Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (Spanish edition: Nacion y sociedad en la historia del Peru. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2004.)

Promise of Development: Theories of Change in Latin America. Boulder: Westview Press, 1986. Co-edited with T. Bossert.

Modernization, Dislocation and Aprismo. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973. (Spanish edition: La formacion de las haciendas azucareras y los origenes del APRA. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1970, 2nd rev. ed. 1976).

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1968