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Adela Cedillo

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., National Autonomous University of Mexico


Biographical Summary

Adela Cedillo is an assistant professor of modern Mexican history. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. and B.A. in Latin American studies and history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research interests include revolutionary movements, counterinsurgency warfare, the war on drugs, human rights and female activism. Cedillo has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on guerrilla organizations, anti-drug campaigns and forced disappearance in Mexico. She is the author of “El Fuego y El Silencio, Historia de las Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional Mexicanas (1969-1974)” and the co-editor of “Challenging Authoritarianism in Mexico: Revolutionary Struggles and the Dirty War, 1964-1982.”

Cedillo is currently working on a book project that examines the intersections between the dirty war and the first war on drugs during the 1970s in northwestern Mexico.