Pedro F Quijada

Interested in exploring processes/events such as the Mexican Miracle, the Ten Years of Spring in Guatemala, the Costa Rican Civil War, the military reforms of the 1970s in Honduras, and the 1948 Revolution in El Salvador. The study of these events has led me to find sources and information that can contest visions of Central America being primarily a poor, underdeveloped, war-torn, and generally chaotic region. Interested as well in the study of memory formation, the use of testimonies for the recovery of forgotten/hidden histories, and in the preservation of non-traditional archives in alternative (virtual) spaces. My general research interests are: History of Central America, Migration, Memory Studies, Archives, History and Literature, Music & History.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Candidate: History, Latin America, U of M, MN, 2018.
  • M.A.: History, Latin America/US, CSULA, CA, 2010.
  • B.A.: History, CSULA, CA, 2008.
  • A.A.: Journalism, LACC, CA, 2003.
Courses Taught
  • Latin American Immigration in the US. U of M- Morris
  • Contemporary Latin America. U of M-Morris
  • Central American Revolutions, U of M
  • TA for Hist 3402W "Modern Latin America," U of M
  • TA for Hist 3401W "Colonial Latin America," U of M
  • TA for Hist 1031W "Europe and the World," U of M
  • TA for Hist 1012W "The Age of Global Contact," U of M
  • R/G for Hist 3417 "Food in History," U of M
  • TA/Intern for Hist 11 "U.S. From Colony through Reconstruction," LACC
Research & Professional Activities


  • Currently I am exploring the history of El Salvador during the years 1948 to 1977, a relatively understudied period of time during which this nation experienced a wave of economic diversification projects that eventually allowed her to become the leader of the Central American Common Market of the 1960s. During the years in question (roughly 25), El Salvador experienced much development in the areas of industry, diversification of agriculture, augmentation of public infrastructure, education, and even public health care. This study could serve to explore questions such as how a nation whose economy was based on a single cash crop (coffee) during the latter part of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries became, in a relatively short period of time (1950-1960), the most industrialized nation of the Central America of those times, and how was it that the government leaders of those years were able to secure the support and investment from international institutions such as the UN and other transnational business enterprises for their projects of modernization.


  • Volunteer Translator/Interpreter: Volunteer translator for the Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School. Helping with the translation of documents and interpreting English-Spanish for attorneys and clients at Immigration Court, Spring 2014


  • Site administrator of website “Memories of the Salvadoran Diaspora in Los Angeles, California”: (Link above), 2012 - Present
  • Site administrator of History website "Tecapán en la red": Website dedicated to the rescue and preservation of the history of Tecapán, a small rural Salvadoran town that was founded in 1837 in an area that later became one of the most important coffee growing regions in eastern El Salvador. (, 2009 - Present
  • Maquiladoras and the Chemical Invasion: The Alamar River & Metales and Derivados in Tijuana: Quijada, Pedro, San Diego: City Works Press, Wounded Border.Frontera Herida, 143-155, 2011.
  • Outstanding Graduate Instructor. Department of History 2016
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Award, Summer 2013
  • Special Recognition in Graduate Studies, CSULA, 2010
  • William E. Lloyd Emeriti Fellowship, CSULA., 2009
  • Eugene Fingerhut Award for outstanding student, CSULA, 2009