Richard Grijalva

Dissertation Title

Forging the Concept of Mexico in the Long Colonial Twilight, 1750-1824

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Research Interests

– Colonial Latin American Studies
– 16th to 20th Century Mexico
– Philosophy and Rhetoric
– Classical Rhetorical Theory
– History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Histories
– Systems of Thought and Signifying Regimes
– Veridiction and Subjectivation
– Ontology, Semiotics, Politics, and Social Thought-


My dissertation examines the different ways that the term México changes significance and becomes a concept between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. “Forging the Concept of Mexico in the Long Colonial Twilight” maps the history of the proper name México and status as a concept in multiple discourses: theological, spiritual, historical, political, scientific, economic, constitutional, and juridical.

I have taught courses in the Rhetoric Department on the concept of reason, the ethics of design, the idea of study, and rhetorical interpretation. Additionally, I have served as a Graduate Assistant for courses in Practical Argumentation and Reasoning, Rhetorical Interpretation, and the History and Theory of Classical Rhetoric. I have also taught survey courses on sensibilities in Chicano Literary history for the Department of Ethnic Studies and have served as a GSI for courses in the Classics Department’s Roots of Western Civilization course, the School of Journalism’s International Reporting course in the Intensive Journalism minor, and the College of Letter and Sciences’ Introduction to the Liberal Arts online summer course.