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University of Nevada, Reno
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Latin America, Cold War, International Relations, Cuba, Mexico
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About Me

I am a Latin Americanist who focuses on the Cold War and international history. My first book, Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was awarded SECOLAS’s Alfred B. Thomas Book Prize and honorable mentions for RMCLAS’s Thomas McGann and Michael C. Meyer Prizes. My second book, tentatively titled Ground Zero: The Cuban Missile Crisis in Latin America, is a hemispheric history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. My articles include pieces in The Latin American Research Review, Diplomatic History, and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and my research has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Kluge Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, the American Philosophical Society and other institutions. I teach classes on modern Latin American history, Cuban history, the Cold War, U.S.-Latin American relations and drugs and security in the Americas.

Recent Publications


Renata Keller, Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

  • Winner, 2016 SECOLAS Alfred B. Thomas Book Prize
  • Honorable Mention, 2016 RMCLAS Thomas McGann Book Prize
  • Honorable Mention, 2018 RMCLAS Michael C. Meyer Prize for Best Book on Mexican History in a Five-year Period

Journal Articles

  • Renata Keller, “Fan Mail to Fidel: The Cuban Revolution and Mexican Solidarity,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 33, no. 1 (February 2017), 6-31
  • Renata Keller, “U.S.-Mexican Relations from Independence to the Present,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (March 2016)
  • Renata Keller, “The Latin American Missile Crisis,” Diplomatic History 39:2 (April 2015), 195-222
    • Winner, 2016 NECLAS Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize
  • Renata Keller “Building ‘Nuestra América:’ National Sovereignty and Regional Integration in the Americas,” Contexto Internacional, 35, no. 2 (2013), 537-564
  • Renata Keller, “A Foreign Policy for Domestic Consumption: Mexico’s Lukewarm Defense of Castro, 1959-1969,” The Latin American Research Review 47, no. 2 (Summer 2012), 100-119
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Cuba, Mexico
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution