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John T. Way

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
phone: 404-413-5610

John T. Way (B.A. New York University; M.A., Tulane University; M.A., Ph.D. Yale University) is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History in the Department of History. His teaching areas are modern Latin America with an emphasis on globalization and the intersections between cultural, social, and economic history; colonial Latin America; and world history, transnational studies, and geographic approaches to history.

Dr. Way has lived and worked in Latin America for the past ten years, and serves as the Consulting Director of CIRMA—the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica—in Antigua, Guatemala. CIRMA is an historical research center whose Social Science Library, Historical Archive, and Fototeca (historical photographic archive) rescue materials crucial to preserving historical memory in a country whose civil war ended in 1996. Dr. Way also founded a college preparatory school in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala and has run and taught in various programs for U.S. university students in the nation.

His first book, The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala, was released by Duke University press in 2012. Tracing the creation of modern Guatemala from the 1920s to the present through a series of national and international development projects, it shows that, far from being chronically underdeveloped, this nation of stark contrasts is the embodiment of globalized capitalism. Dr. Way’s other works include “Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis,” a chapter co-authored with Laura Briggs and Gladys McCormick, in David G. Gutiérrez and Pierrette Hondagneu-Solteu, eds., Nation and Migration: Past and Future (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Dr. Way’s research interest continue to focus on transnational history, urban and agricultural development, and the working class. He is currently researching a transnational history of Guatemalan and Latino lower-class cultural formations in the age of neoliberalism and consumer culture.

Selected Publications

The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012).