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First Name
Anna Rose
Last Name
California State University, East Bay
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Mexico, Mexico City, Latin America, modern Latin America, environmental, urban, technology, disasters
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About Me

Anna Rose Alexander specializes in Latin American urban and environmental history with thematic interests in the histories of technology, science, and medicine. She initially became interested in Latin America while earning her B.A. from CSU, Chico. She later received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in History from the University of Arizona.

In 2016, the University of Pittsburgh Press published her first book, City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910. She has published articles in Urban History and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos and is currently working on a second book about a petroleum explosion that occurred outside of Mexico City in 1984. She is the co-editor of Problems in Modern Latin American History 5th ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

At California State University, East Bay, she has won several teaching awards and currently teaches courses about Latin America and the history of sustainability.

Recent Publications



Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations, 5th edition, edited by James A. Wood and Anna Rose Alexander (Lanham, MD:   Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)

City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910, History of the Urban Environment (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)


“One Fire, Two Songs: Óscar Chávez and El Tri Sing about the 1984 San Juanico Fire,” The Latin Americanist (December 2020): 377-392.

“The Problem of Fire and the American City,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (September 2020),

Amelia M. Kiddle y Anna Rose Alexander, “Historias de América Latina,” ISTOR año XVII, núm 67 (invierno de 2016): 3-12.

“Safety by Design: Engineers and Entrepreneurs Invent Fire Safety in Mexico City, 1860-1910.” Urban History 41, no. 3 (August 2014): 435-455.

“Incendiary Legislation: Fire Protection and Risk in Porfirian Puebla.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 29, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 175-199.

Works in Progress

Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations, 6th edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, under contract, expected 2025)

Book Reviews

The Mexican Press and Civil Society, 1940–1976: Stories from the Newsroom, Stories from the Street. By Benjamin T. Smith, American Historical Review Vol. 125, no. 3 (June 2020): 1065-67.

Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement. By George F. Flaherty, Planning Perspectives 33, no. 3 (2018): 467-68.

Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico. By Christopher R. Boyer, H-Environment (January 2016).

The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Resilience and Vulnerability. Edited by Gyles Iannone, Mesoamérica 36, no.57 (Enero-Diciembre 2015).

Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World. Edited by Greg Bankoff, Uwe Lübken, and Jordan Sand, H-Urban (November 2013).

Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolutions. By Sherry Johnson, The Latin Americanist, 57, no. 2 (June 2013): 145-147.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Technology, Urban History