Stephen  Neufeld, Ph.D.

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Stephen Neufeld, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History


A native of Calgary, Canada, Stephen Neufeld took a meandering track to an academic career, including far too many summers planting trees in the Canadian north, a sojourn in southern Spain, and two years teaching English in Taiwan and Korea. After a BA in deviant sociology and military history at U of Calgary, and a MA in rainy Vancouver at UBC, his research interests have happily brought him to warmer climes, first to University of Arizona for a PhD, and now to southern California. His studies on the New Military History of Mexico have examined issues of identity, gender, and culture in the army and barracks. Currently, his work is changing in focus to analyze the diverse historical relationships between animals and humans in Mexico between about 1850 and 1930.

Research Areas

Gender and the history of masculinity, particularly in military contexts; social history in the nineteenth century; Mexican cultural history; history of animals and environment. 

Scholarly Work

Some of Dr. Neufeld’s work has appeared as chapters in Negotiating Modern Latin American Identities, Wiley-Blackwell’s A Companion to Mexican History and Culture, and Forced Marches: Militaries,Violence,and State (De)formation in Modern Mexico. He has also coedited Mexico In Verse (2015) and his recent monograph,  The Blood Contingent: The Military in the Making of Modern Mexico  was published March 2017 .