David Dorado Romo

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    David Dorado Romo, like the people he writes about in Ringside Seat to a Revolution, is a fronterizo. He grew up knowing both sides—El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Chihuahua, both sides of the Rio Grande, el Río Bravo—as his home. As a cultural activist in the 1990s, he began to feel the shadows of the Mexican Revolution, the ghosts of legends like Pancho Villa and Francisco Madero in the streets and barrios of his cities. He began a passionate four-year search through the archives of Mexico and the U.S. looking for the history that casts those shadows.

    Romo, besides being a highly respected historian, is known for his political and arts activism, his historical places activism (he is a leader in the #duranguitoelpaso movement), his work as an essayist and as a translator, and as musician playing a wide number of instruments in different genres (he loves to jam). He has studied abroad at the Centro d’Attivitá Musicale in Florence and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and he received a B.A. degree in Judaic Studies from Stanford University and his PhD in Borderland History from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Colegio de México (2015), a Summerlee Fellow in the Department of History at Southern Methodist University (2015) and a Mellon Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe (2016-2017). His primary focus  is a project titled “A Global Microhistory of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez: Allied and Axis Propaganda along the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1933 to 1945.”

    If you wish to contact David about a presentation, or you have questions about his book, please contact us at info@cincopuntos.com

    You can find some interesting essays and articles written by David Romo that have been published in the Texas Observer.

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