Associate Professor of History

Miguel la Serna is interested in Latin American revolutions and political violence, with an emphasis on late-20th century Peru. His first book, The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining
Path Insurgency (UNC Press 2012), asks why some indigenous peasants living in the center of the storm chose to support Shining Path while others supported the counterinsurgency. He is currently working on two book projects, one on the symbolic dimensions of Peru’s MRTA insurgency, and another, co-authored with anthropologist Orin Starn, on the Shining Path years.


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