I was born in San­ti­a­go, Chile in 1957, and raised prin­ci­pal­ly in Mex­i­co City. I trained as an anthro­pol­o­gist, but have also taught in His­to­ry, Soci­ol­o­gy, and Human­i­ties depart­ments.  I’ve writ­ten a num­ber of books on cul­ture and pol­i­tics — all set in Mex­i­co.  The ones that I am most proud of are Death and the Idea of Mex­i­co (Zone Books, 2005), and The Return of Com­rade Ricar­do Flo­res Magón (Zone Books, 2014).

In addi­tion to my aca­d­e­m­ic work, I write reg­u­lar­ly for the press.  I write a bimonth­ly col­umn in the Mex­i­co City dai­ly La Jor­na­da, and a month­ly col­umn in Nex­os.  In the past few years, I have also become involved in dra­matur­gi­cal writ­ing, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Alber­to Lom­nitz.  Our play El ver­dadero Bulnes won Mexico’s Nation­al Dra­matur­gy Award in 2010, and our most recent work, Mamá Rosa: El musi­cal, will be set to stage by Mexico’s Com­pañía Nacional de Teatro in 2018.