George Vásquez



Columbia University, 1978

M.A. (with distinction)
Johns Hopkins University, 1964

Harvard College, 1962

High School Diploma (cum laude)
Phillips Academy, Andover

DMH 217



Fall 2017 Course Announcements 

History 103, Sec 01-The Contemporary Middle East [Flyer] 

Areas of Interest

  • Modern European Political, Diplomatic, and Cultural History
  • Spanish and English History
  • Latin American Intellectual History
  • Modern Middle Eastern History
  • Historiography


Review of Abbas Milani’s The Shah (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), in Mediterranean Quarterly. A Journal of Global Issues, 22:3 (Summer 2011): 112–115.

Review of Jorge Coronado’s The Andes Imagined. Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 2009), in Bulletin of Latin American Research, April 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 2: 241–243.

Review of Vincent P. O’Hara’s Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940–1945 (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2009), in Mediterranean Quarterly. A Journal of Global Studies, 21:2 (Spring 2010): 121–124.

“Spanish Politics Today:” review of John Gibbons’ Spanish Politics Today (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1999), in Mediterranean Quarterly 12.2 (2001): 199–122.

“Latin American Colonial Historiography” in Making History. A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, edited by D. R. Woolf. New York: Garland Publishing, 1998. 534–542.

“José de la Riva-Agüero y el problema indígena en el Perú.” In Messages and Meanings, Papers from the Twelfth Annual Symposium on Latin American Indian Literatures, edited by Mary H. Preuss. Lancaster, California: Labyrinthos, 1997. 175–185.

“Peru.” in The Political Role of the Military. An International Handbook, edited by Constantine P. Danopoulos and Cynthia Watson. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996. 338–360.

“La historiografía latinoamericana del siglo XIX. El caso de tres historiadores ilustres: Andrés Bello, Diego Barros Arana y Bartolomé Mitre,” Histórica (Lima, Perú) XX:1 (July 1996): 131–153.

"Conquistadores, Criollos, and Cholos: Manuel González Prada and the Birth of Peruvian Indigenismo," In Beyond Indigenous Voices, Papers from the Eleventh Annual Symposium on Latin American Indian Literatures, edited by Mary H. Preuss: Lancaster, California: Labyrinthos, 1996. 167–178.

"Altamira: Historian of the Generation of 1898," Mediterranean Studies (Spring 1995).

Selected Achievements

  • Salzburg Fellow, 2009
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (Peru), Calendar Year 1999
  • NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers Directorship, Summers, 1998, 1995, & 1994
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar (Peru), 1994–95
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, University of California/Santa Barbara, 1991
  • Summer Seminar
  • Spanish History Workshop Seminar Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Summer, 1970
  • Fulbright Scholar to Spain, 1967–68
  • Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fellow, 1967–68
  • National Defense Foreign Language Fellow [Portuguese], 1965–67
  • Presidential Fellow, Columbia University, 1965–67
  • European Economic Community Scholar, The Bologna Center, The Johns Hopkins University, 1963–64
  • Harvard College Scholarship, 1958–62


Throughout my life I have been committed to and deeply involved in international education. It is a passion with me. Of Anglo-Peruvian origin, I grew up and went to school in both Europe and Latin America; then I came to the States to complete my secondary education at a New England boarding school. While pursuing my M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins’ SAIS, I spent my second year at their Bologna Center in Italy. Later, while doing research on my doctoral dissertation on Spanish history, I spent a year in Madrid and took the opportunity to audit several courses at the University of Madrid. Twice during the 1990s I went to Peru as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching at the Catholic University and doing research at the Instituto Riva-Agüero. Also in the 1990s I was one of three co-directors of SJSU’s Bath Program in England. In 2008 I took twenty-seven students and faculty to Cuzco on a Faculty Led Study Program. In 2009 I participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar as a Salzburg Scholar representing SJSU’s College of Social Sciences. I have lectured widely at universities throughout the Americas—from Peru, Chile and Argentina in South America, to Mexico and Puerto Rico—as well as in Ankara Turkey. Before coming to SJSU, I taught at Montgomery College, The American University and the University of Maryland in the greater Washington, D.C. area.