Cindy Forster

Professor of History
Chair, Latin American Studies

Department: History
Office Address: Balch 308
Office Phone: (909) 607-2807
Cindy Forster

Academic History

  • B.A. Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude)
  • M.A, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright and Organization of American States research awards)

Areas of Expertise

Race relations and gender; organizing; Guatemala; Indigenous and Black perspectives on national histories in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Selected Research and Publications


  • Current book manuscript in process: oral histories of campesino and working-class members of movements for social justice across Latin America and the Caribbean, in longer historical perspective.
  • Book manuscript accepted for publication by Fundación Editorial 'El perro y la rana', Caracas, Venezuela,"Por amor al pueblo" — Testimonios e historia nacional en Guatemala, 2014
  • La Revolución Indígena y Campesina en Guatemala, 1970 a 2000: "Ver un día que nuestra raza maya fuera levantada", Guatemala, Editorial Universitaria, USAC, 2012
  • The Time of Freedom: Campesino Workers in Guatemala's October Revolution, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001

Selected Articles or Chapters

  • "Not in All of America Can There Be Found a Country as Democratic as This One": Che and Revolution in Guatemala, in Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America, edited by Paulo Drinot, Duke University Press, 2010
  • "The Macondo of Guatemala": Banana Workers and National Revolution in Tiquisate, 1944 to 1953, Banana Wars: Power, Production and History in the Americas, edited by Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg, Duke University Press, 2003
  • "Violent and Violated Women: Justice and Gender in Rural Guatemala, 1936-1956," in Journal of Women's History 11:3 (1999)

Awards and Honors

  • Various Scripps College research awards
  • Service and leadership awards decided by student vote
  • University of California, Berkeley, Fulbright and Organization of American States research awards
  • Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude

Courses Taught

  • Women in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Cuba and Nicaragua, History of the Modern Maya: Indigenous Ethnicity and Resistance

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