Pablo A. Piccato

Pablo A. Piccato


324 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3725
Office Hours: Monday 12-2pm or by appt



Ph.D. — University of Texas at Austin, 1997
M.A. — University of Texas at Austin. Thesis, 1993
B.A. — Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, 1990

Interests and Research

Pablo Piccato, professor, specializes in Mexican history. He has worked on the political and cultural history of Mexico, and on the history of crime. He is currently working on an overview of crime in Mexico during the twentieth century.


  • Alliance Visiting Professor at the Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2011
  • Lenfest/Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award, 2008
  • Researcher in Residence, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2008
  • Grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico, 2007
  • Seed Grant. Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, 2007
  • Cátedra Patrimonial de Excelencia, nivel II, Consejo Nacional para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, 2000
  • Tibesar Prize, Conference on Latin American History, for "Tales of Two Women: The Narrative Construal of Porfirian Reality," 2000

Selected Publications


Ciudad de Sospechosos: Crimen en la Ciudad de México, 1900-1931Translation of City of Suspects by Lucía Rayas. Mexico City: CIESAS, 2011.

The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010, 400 p. Honorable Mention, Mexican History Book Prize by the Conference on Latin American History.

City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

Congreso y Revolución: El parlamentarismo en la XXVI Legislatura. Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de la Revolución Mexicana, 1991, 171 p.

With Robert Buffington. True Stories Of Crime in Modern Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.

With Cristina Sacristán. Actores, espacios y debates en la historia de la esfera pública en la ciudad de México. Mexico City: Instituto Mora, 2005.


Scholarly Articles

“Pistoleros, Ley Fuga, and Uncertainty in Public Debates about Murder in Twentieth- Century Mexico” in Dictablanda: Politics, Work, and Culture in Mexico, 1938–1968, edited by Paul Gillingham and Benjamin Smith. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014, p. 321-341.

 “Murders of nota roja: Truth and justice in Mexican crime news” in Past and Present 2014 223 (1): 195-231.

 “Murder as Politics in Modern Mexico.” In Murder and Violence in Modern Latin America, edited by Eric A Johnson, Ricardo Donato Salvatore, and Petrus Cornelis Spierenburg, 104–125. Bulletin of Latin American Research book series, 2013.

“Comments: How to Build a Perspective on the Recent Past” in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 19:1 (July 2013): 99-110. Special Dossier "Spy Reports: Content, Methodology, and Historiography in Mexico's Secret Police Archives," eds. Tanalís Padilla and Louise E. Walker.

“Epílogo. De la ciudadanía a los ciudadanos: Notas sobre la contingencia en la historia política.” InCiudadanos inesperados: Espacios de formación de la ciudadanía ayer y hoy, edited by Ariadna Acevedo Rodrigo and Paula López Caballero. Mexico City: El Colegio de México-Cinvestav, 2012, p. 315-336.

“La niña que mató a un senador: feminidad y esfera pública en el México posrevolucionario,” tr. by Luz María Sánchez. In Antropología, 94 (Jan. 2012): 96-114. (Translation of a previously published article.)

“Todo homicidio es político. El asesinato en la esfera pública en el México del siglo XX.” In Formas de gobierno en México: Poder político y actores sociales a través del tiempo, vol. II, Poder político en el México moderno y contemporáneo, edited by Víctor Gayol. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2012, p. 627-353.

“‘Ya Saben Quién’: Journalism, Crime and Impunity in Mexico Today.” In Mexico’s Struggle for Public Security: Organized Crime and State Responses, edited by Susana Berruecos and George Philip. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 47-70.

With Servando Ortoll, “A Brief History of the historia moderna de México.” In William H. Beezley, ed., A Companion to Mexican History and Culture. London: Wiley, 2011.

“Altibajos de la esfera pública en México, de la dictadura republicana a la democracia corporativa. La era de la prensa.” In Gustavo Leyva et al., eds., Independencia y Revolución: Pasado, presente y futuro. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica-Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2010, p. 240-291.

“Public sphere in Latin America: A map of the historiography.” Social History 35:2 (May, 2010): 165-192.


  • Director, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University
  • Editorial board, Law and History Review
  • American Historical Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Council of Latin American History