Mauricio Tenorio

Samuel N. Harper Professor of History, Romance Languages & Literatures, and the College; Affiliated Faculty, CLAS; Profesor Asociado, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Mexico City)
Social Sciences Research Building 506
Office Hours: By Appointment
PhD, Stanford University, 1992

Mauricio Tenorio's work focuses on the cultural and social history of Mexican urbanism, particularly of Mexico City. His book, I Speak of the City, connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and as language.


  • Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Maldita lengua. Madrid: La Huerta Grande, 2016.
  • "I Speak of the City": Mexico City, 1880–1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. (Gordon J. Laing Award, The University of Chicago Press; Spiro Kostof Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians)
  • Culturas y memoria: manual para ser historiador. Barcelona and Mexico City: Tusquets Editores, 2012.
  • Historia y Celebración. América y sus centenarios. Barcelona and Mexico City: Tusquets Editores, 2010. New edition of the 2009 version, published in Spain.
  • Historia y Celebración, México y sus centenarios. Barcelona and Mexico City: Tusquets Editores, 2009.
  • El Porfiriato: Una propuesta y un balance. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2006. Written in collaboration with Aurora Gómez.
  • El urbanista. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004.
  • De cómo ignorar. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000.
  • Argucias de la historia: Del Siglo XIX, América Latina y Cultura. Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Mexico City: Ediciones Paidós, 1999.
  • Atilugio de la nación moderna. México en las exposiciones universales, 1880–1930. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998.
  • Mexico at the World's Fairs: Crafting a Modern Nation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.
Recent courses in RLL
  • SPAN/PORT/FREN 46402 History and Fiction (Autumn 2020)


Affiliated Departments and Centers: Center for Latin American Studies, Department of History, Katz Center for Mexican Studies