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
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