Dr. Amilcar Challu

Amilcar E. Challu, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor and Department Chair
Graduate Faculty
Phone: 419-372-2769
Email: achallu@bgsu.edu
Address: 132 Williams Hall

Website: https://bgsu.academia.edu/AmilcarChallu



  • American Historical Association
  • Asociación Mexicana de Historia Económica
  • Latin American Studies Association


I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a doctorate in History. I joined the faculty of the Department of History in Bowling Green State University in 2007. My research focuses on the history of poverty, nutrition and inequality (in connection to the economy and governance) in Mexico and Latin America. My teaching ranges from Latin American history surveys, to the history of capitalism, to American environmental history. I particularly enjoy teaching as well as mentoring students who have a passion for Latin America, social history and environmental history. The greatest joy is finding out about the fruitful lives and rewarding careers of my students.

Fields of Study

  • Latin American history (Mexico, colonial, modern)
  • Inequality and living standards
  • Food, health and nutrition
  • Climate & environment


  • Ph.D. in History, Harvard University, 2007.
  • Licenciatura (B.A.) in History, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1997
  • Profesor (Education B.A.) in History, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1993

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Challú, Amílcar E. “Ambigüedad y rebeldía en el tono económico de El Periquillo Sarniento.” Hispanic Journal 38, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 49–67.
  • With Sergio Silva-Castañeda (ITAM, Mexico), "Towards an anthropometric history of latin America in the second half of the twentieth century," in Economics and Human Biology 23 (2016) 226–234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2016.10.001
  • Challú, Amílcar E., and Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato. “Mexico’s Real Wages in the Age of the Great Divergence, 1730-1930.” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 33, no. 1 (2015): 83–122.
  • "Grain Markets, Free Trade and the Bourbon Reforms: The Reception and Application of the Real Pragmática of 1765 in New Spain." Accepted in Colonial Latin American Review 22, no. 3 (Dec. 2013): 400-421.
  • Ruth W. Herndon and Amílcar E. Challú, "Mapping the Boston Poor: Inmates of the Boston Almshouse, 1795-1801," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44, number 1 (Summer 2013): 63-83.
  • Ricardo Salvatore, John Coatsworth and Amílcar Challú (eds.), Living Standards in Latin American History, ed. by Salvatore, Coatsworth and Challú (Harvard University Press, 2010)


  • Sustainability and the Humanities. Humanities Connections Planning Grant funded by the National Endowments for the Humanities. Co-director with Nathan Hensley (Environment and Sustainability) and Ian Young (Philosophy).
  • Real Wages in Mexico, 1750-2000. In collaboration with Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato (El Colegio de México)
  • Democracy and Wellbeing in 20th-century Latin America. In collaboration with Sergio Silva-Castañeda (ITAM, Mexico)
  • The Boston Almshouse, 1790s-1810s. In collaboration with Ruth W. Herndon (Bowling Green State University).
  • Inequality in Mexico: Long-term trends. In collaboration with Ingrid Bleynat and Paul Segal (King’s College, London).

Selected Presentations

  • Amy Robinson and Amílcar E. Challú, “Perspectivas Ecocríticas sobre Pedro Parámo.” Mexican Studies Conference, Irvine, California, May 2017
  • Amílcar E. Challú,”Health Inequality in Latin America Since 1950.” AHA Annual Congress, January 7 2017, Denver.
  • “El pícaro contador: Una lectura de El Periquillo Sarniento en clave económica.” Latin American Studies Association Annual Meeting, New York, May 2016
  • A. Challú and S. Silva-Castañeda, “Biological Wellbeing and the Lost Decade in Mexico,” Economics & Human Biology, Tübingen, October 2016
  • I. Bleynat, A. Challú and P. Segal, “Long-term inequality in Mexico,” King’s College International Development Conference, London, February 2015.
  • “La crisis humanitaria de los 1810: Seguridad alimentaria, desempeño económico e insurgencia,“ Coloquio Calleja y su época, UNAM, Mexico City, February 2015.
  • Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato and Amílcar E. Challú, “Salarios reales en México en la época de la gran divergencia, 1750s-1920s,” El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Seminario Interinstitucional de Historia Económica, 8 December 2014.
  • “Seguridad alimentaria en la Nueva España, 1740-1810,” El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Seminario Permanente de Historia e Instituciones Económicas, 25 November 2014.

Courses Taught

  • American Environmental History (HIST 3380)
  • Caribbean & Spanish Main (HIST 4130)
  • Colonial Latin America (HIST 3090)
  • Modern Latin America (HIST 3100)
  • Modern Mexico (HIST 4110/5110)
  • Historiography and Research Methods (HIST 3790/4790)
  • History of Capitalism (HIST 6800, HIST 4000/5820)
  • Asociación Española de Historia Económica (Spanish Economic History Association), Jaume Vicens Vives Prize for best book on the economic history of Spain and Latin America, 2011.
  • Economic History Association, Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the best dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History, 2008.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship, 2010/2011
  • With Nicole Jackson, Curriculum Foundations Grant, BGSU, College of Arts and Sciences