Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, and taught at University College London and the University of Cambridge before his appointment at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology, where he holds the position at the CB Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations. The author of numerous hooks, including Opposition Government in Mexico (2001) and Political Change in Baja California: Democracy in the Making? (1994), Ward is the editor of the foremost journal in Latin American studies, the Latin American Research Review. He and has wife Victoria, an equally renown Mexicanist, recently received the Ohtli Medal, Mexican Foreign Relations ministry award, for services in advancing understanding of Mexican culture and society.
This lecture by Peter Ward is cosponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and is the final lecture in the series Democracy in Latin America.