Welcome back to Mateo J. Carrillo
The Department is delighted to announce that Mateo J. Carrillo, a proud member of the History class of 2002, is our new Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history and a Double Bronco!
Mateo J. Carrillo specializes in modern Mexico and his research primarily examines how the growth of industrial agriculture, rural infrastructure, and environmental change intensified Mexican migration to the US. This fall he is teaching HIST 95—Modern Latin America: Inequality, Intervention, Revolution.
In another life, he was a creative services producer for a mid-market NBC television station. He enjoys mentoring undergrads, particularly those from underrepresented groups. A first-gen college student himself, he is the son of a Mexican immigrant and the first in his family to earn a Ph.D. He was raised in California’s central San Joaquin Valley after his parents met at the United Farm Workers clinic in Delano. The rural Central Valley is where his interests in migration, race, agriculture, roads, and the environment originated (fun fact: he and Buffalo Bills star QB Josh Allen share the same hometown). He’s also the father of two teens who turn his hair prematurely gray while keeping him updated on the latest TikTok trends. In his free time, Mateo enjoys swimming, biking, grilling, and Wordle.