• B.A. (with Honors), History, University of Chicago, 1967.
  • M.A., History, University of California-Berkeley, 1968 
  • Ph.D., History, University of California-Berkeley, 1978 

Academic employment: 

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1979-80 
  • Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Austin, 1980-82 
  • Assistant Professor of History, University of California-San Diego, 1982-84 Associate 
  • Professor of History, UC San Diego, 1984-89 Professor of History, UCSD, 1989–; 
  • Distinguished Professor of History, 2009— 
  • Chair, Department of History, 2000-04 
  • Associate Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego, 1997-2001 
  • Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities, UC San Diego, 2007-08 

Major published writings (books): 

  1. Hacienda and Market in Eighteenth-Century Mexico: The Rural Economy of the Guadalajara Region, 1675-1820. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981; Spanish translation published by Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City, 1989; revised and enlarged, 25th-anniversary edition by Rowman and Littlefield, 2006. 2) 
  2. City, Country, and Frontier in Mexican History, co-edited with Ricardo Sánchez and Gisela von Wobeser, 2 vols. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1992. 
  3. La crisis del orden colonial: Estructura agraria y rebeliones populares de la Nueva España, 1750-1821. Mexico City: Alianza Editorial, 1992 (a collection of my essays). 
  4. Mexico’s Regions: Comparative History and Developments, edited and with an introduction by Eric Van Young. San Diego: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego, 1992. 
  5. Colección documental de la Independencia Mexicana, edited and with an introduction by Eric Van Young (with the assistance of Carlos Sánchez Silva). Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana, 1998. 
  6. The Other Rebellion: Popular Violence, Ideology, and the Mexican Struggle for Independence, 1810-1821. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001; Spanish translation, La otra rebelión: La lucha por la independencia de México, 1810-1821, Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2006; 2nd printing, 2010; 3rd printing 2012. 
  7. From Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World, co-edited with Joseph Esherick and Hasan Kayali. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
  8. Mexican Soundings: Essays in Honour of David A. Brading, co-edited with Susan Deans-Smith. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, London University, 2007.
  9.  Economía, política y cultura en la historia de México: Ensayos historiográficos, metodológicos y teóricos de tres décadas. San Luis Potosí: Colegio de San Luis/Colegio de Michoacán/Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2010 (a collection of my essays). 
  10. Writing Mexican History: Essays of Three Decades. Stanford: Stanford University Press, forthcoming February, 2012 (a collection of my essays).

Current research:

Biography of Mexican statesman and historian Lucas Alamán, Alamán and Mexico: A Life Together (1792-1853); estimated date of completion: 2015.

a synoptic, interpretive history of Mexico, 1750-1850, Stormy Passage: Mexico from Colony to Republic (1750-1850); estimated date of completion: 2015. 

Other publications:

About 100 articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, major magazine interviews, etc., in venues such as Hispanic American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Past and Present, Journal of Social History, Historia Mexicana Awards, honors, and fellowships since 1982: , etc.; about 100 book reviews; about 150 conference papers/ commentaries at conferences in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Israel, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, etc.; 50 or so invited lectures and keynote talks since about 1990. 

Awards, honors, and fellowships since 1982:

  • 1) Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Tinker Foundation, Inc., 1982-83. 
  • 2) National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 1986. 
  • 3) Thomas F. McGann Memorial Prize in History, Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies, Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, 1984 (co-winner for best paper in Latin American history). 
  • 4) Hubert Herring Award for the Best Article in Latin American Studies, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, 1984 (for an article published in the Latin American Research Review, 1983). 
  • 5) Conference Prize of the Conference on Latin American History (for the best article in a journal other than the Hispanic American Historical Review), 1989, for the article “Islands in the Storm: Quiet Cities and Violent Countrysides in the Mexican Independence Era,” Past and Present, no. 118, 1988. 
  • 6) President, Conference on Latin American History, 1992-94. 
  • 7) Bolton-Johnson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History, 2003, awarded for the best book in English on Latin American history, for The Other Rebellion (2001). 
  • 8) Corresponding Member, Mexican Academy of Science, elected 2007. 
  • 9) Medalla 1808, awarded by the Gobierno del Distrito Federal, Mexico, for contributions to the historiography of Mexico, November 2009. 
  • 10) John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2011-12 

Graduate training:

I have supervised about 25 doctoral dissertations in Latin American history; my former students are teaching at UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Chico, Cal State Northridge, Vanderbilt University, the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, Carleton College, the University of Illinois, the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, and the Colegio de San Luis, among other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.