Miguel Tinker Salas Professor of History and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

About Miguel


Miguel Tinker Salas is an authority on political and social issues confronting Latin America. He is the author of Venezuela, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015); The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture and Society in Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2009) Spanish edition Una herencia que perdura, petróleo, cultura y sociedad en Venezuela, GALAC 2014); co-editor with Steve Ellner of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an Exceptional Democracy, (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); co editor with Jan Rus of Mexico 2006-2012: neoliberalism, movimientos sociales y politica electoral, (Miguel Angel Porrua and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, 2006) and author of Under the Shadow of the Eagles, The Border and the Transformation of Sonora During the Porfiriato, University of California Press 1997; Spanish edition, A la sombra de las águilas, Sonora y la transformación de la frontera durante el Porfiriato, Fondo de Cultura Económica 2010).

His expertise includes: contemporary Latin America, society and politics in Venezuela and Mexico, oil, culture and politics in Venezuela, the drug war in Mexico, Mexican border society, Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the United States, and Latin American immigration.

Miguel Tinker Salas is currently a Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Academic Positions

  • Present1993

    Professor of History and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies at Pomona College

    Pomona College, History Department

Education & Training

  • Ph.D


    University of California, San Diego

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2009
    Mexican Club de Periodistas
    International Media Prize for political commentary and critical perspective on electronic media
  • 2003
    Howard Fellowship
    Associate professor, Latin American history, Pomona College: “Petrolandia,” Oil and the Forging of the Nation, the Construction of Citizenship in Venezuela, 1920-1960;

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  • 1997
    Pomona College; Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pomona College, 1997
  • 1997
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant, 1997
  • 1996
    Graves Fellowship
    Pomona College, Graves Fellowship, 1996