Dr. Amílcar E. Challú

Amílcar E. Challú, 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 joined the faculty of the Department of History at Bowling Green State University in 2006. Since 2017 I serve as the chair of the department. I am proud of leading a community of scholars engaged in training new professionals in solving real-world problems and lead a successful life in the modern professional landscape. I am a historian of Mexico and Latin America with a broader interest in the Atlantic and world history. In my research I focus on economic and environmental issues, applying methodologies that define those fields, but intersecting them with insights from cultural studies and social history. I take great pride in my collaborations with scholars in Europe, Latin America and the United States that resulted in articles and projects transcending my original expertise in early Mexican history. I use historical ways of analysis and interpretation in areas that go beyond traditional historical narrative, what some call "applied history". This work has translated into the work with local organizations of cultural heritage and conservation, leading curricular initiatives funded with federal grants, and being engaged with community events and media.

Fields of Study

  • Latin American history (Mexico, colonial, modern)
  • Inequality and human wellbeing, including health and nutrition
  • Environmental history and environmental humanities


  • 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:

  • “Grain Market Integration in Late Colonial Mexico.” Standard of Living: Essays on Economics, History, and Religion in Honor of John E. Murray, edited by Joshua Hall, Ruth W. Herndon and Javier Silvestre (Springer Nature), 2022: 395–421.
  • Bleynat, Ingrid, Amílcar Challú and Paul Segal. “Inequality, Living Standards and Growth: Two Centuries of Economic Development in Mexico.” The Economic History Review 74, no. 3 (2021): 584–610. https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.13027.
  • “Ambigüedad y rebeldía en el tono económico de El Periquillo Sarniento.” Hispanic Journal 38, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 49–67.
  • Challú, Amílcar, and Sergio Silva-Castañeda. “Towards an Anthropometric History of Latin America in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century.” Economics and Human Biology 23 (2016): 226–34.
  •  Challú, Amílcar, and Aurora Gómez Galvarriato, “Mexico’s Real Wages in the Age of the Great Divergence, 1750s-1920s,” Revista de Historia Económica/ Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History 33, no. 1, March 2015, 83-122.

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)

Recent Grants:

Media Appearances:

Updated: 09/29/2022 03:23PM