Dr. Joseph U. Lenti has taught at Eastern Washington University since 2010. In that time he has maintained a busy research and publication schedule while expanding the profile of Latin American history on campus through new undergraduate and graduate courses in the discipline. Moreover, as the coordinator of the Latin American certificate program Lenti has encouraged students to make a multidisciplinary assessment of the region a central component of their education, and to further this goal he has organized faculty, student, and visiting scholars' research forums, and created programs that have enabled students to conduct research in Mexico and Cuba and present papers at academic conferences in Costa Rica and Colombia. In the same vein Lenti organized the EWU Colloquium on Mexico: Societal Challenges & Popular Responses, a major event that put thirty-five scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and social activists in discussion with over a thousand community members on subjects of historical, contemporary, and transnational issues of state and political stability, migration, drug trafficking, cultural diffusion, and resistance in the Mexican-U.S. borderlands, broadly defined. Lastly, Lenti's experience teaching students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and work with the Ronald E. McNair Program has made him culturally fluent in the unique educational needs of minority and first-generation university students.
Lenti, Joseph U., ed. The State and the Shanty Town: Urbanization and the Struggle for Land and Housing in Modern Mexico. (book manuscript in preparation)
Lenti, Joseph U. "'A Revolutionary Regime Must Put the Interests of the Majority First': Class, Collectivism, and Paternalism in Post-Tlatelolco Mexican Tripartite Relations." The Latin Americanist 54:4 (2010): 163-182.
Kiddle, Amelia M. and Lenti, Joseph U. "Co-opting Cardenismo: Luis Echeverría and the Funeral of Lázaro Cárdenas." In Populism in Twentieth Century Mexico: The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, Eds. Amelia M. Kiddle and María L.O. Muñoz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.
Lenti, Joseph U. Redeeming the Revolution: The State and Organized Labor in Post-Tlatelolco Mexico. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
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