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William E. Skuban

Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Skuban

Office: Social Sciences 101


Office Phone: 559-278-5154


Ph.D. - University of California, Davis (2000)
M.A. - University of California, Davis (1991)
B.A.- California State University, Hayward (1990)

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Courses
Course Days/Times
HIST 230T - US - Latin American Relations T 6:00-8:50 pm

Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Courses
Course Days/Times
HIST 166 - US - Latin American Diplomacy TTH 12:30-1:45 pm
HIST 167 - Social Revolution in Latin America MW 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Latin American History
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • Nationalism, National Identity, and Nation-State Formation
  • Church-State Relations in Latin America


Lines in the Sand: Nationalism and Identity on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters: 

"La apertura y el cierre de la frontera chileno-peruana: El plebiscito de Tacna y Arica, 1884-1929," in Ampliando miradas: Chile y su historia en un tiempo global, ed. Fernando Purcell and Alfredo Riquelme, 129 –158. Santiago de Chile: RIL editores, 2009.

"Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier, 1880-1930." Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 8, no. 3 (2008): 386-407.

"El nacionalismo y la cuestión indígena en el sur del Perú, 1900-1930." Revista Andina 41 (Segundo Semestre del 2005).


  • Colonial Americas
  • Republics of Latin America
  • South America
  • Social Revolution in Latin America
  • Latin American History in Film


  • Introduction to Graduate Writing and Historiography
  • The Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • Latin American Nationalism
  • Social Revolution in Latin America

I am currently working on a book dealing with Church-State relations in Chile in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. I am also currently engaged in a long-term book project with my colleague Honora Chapman (Department of Classical and Modern Languages) on martyrdom in the Catholic Church, from Rome in the first century A.D. to twentieth-century Latin America.