Renata Keller

Renata Keller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Renata Keller


Renata Keller is a Latin Americanist who focuses on the Cold War and international history. Her first book, Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was awarded SECOLAS's Alfred B. Thomas Book Prize and honorable mentions for RMCLAS's Thomas McGann and Michael C. Meyer Prizes. Her second book, tentatively titled Ground Zero: The Cuban Missile Crisis in Latin America, is a hemispheric history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Her articles include pieces in The Latin American Research Review, Diplomatic History and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos and her research has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Kluge Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, the American Philosophical Society and other institutions. Keller teaches classes on modern Latin American history, Cuban history, the Cold War, U.S.-Latin American relations and drugs and security in the Americas.


  • Latin America
  • Cold War
  • International relations
  • Cuba
  • Mexico

Class Materials

  • HIST 228: Introduction to Latin American History and Culture
  • HIST 226: Popular Culture and History: Drugs and Security in the Americas
  • HIST 498/698: History of Cuba


  • Renata Keller, Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
    • Winner, 2016 SECOLAS Alfred B. Thomas Book Prize
    • Honorable Mention, 2016 RMCLAS Thomas McGann Book Prize
    • Honorable Mention, 2018 RMCLAS Michael C. Meyer Prize for Best Book on Mexican History in a Five-year Period

Journal Articles

  • Renata Keller, "Fan Mail to Fidel: The Cuban Revolution and Mexican Solidarity," Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 33, no. 1 (February 2017), 6-31
  • Renata Keller, "U.S.-Mexican Relations from Independence to the Present," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (March 2016)
  • Renata Keller, "The Latin American Missile Crisis," Diplomatic History 39:2 (April 2015), 195-222
    • Winner, 2016 NECLAS Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize
  • Renata Keller "Building 'Nuestra América:' National Sovereignty and Regional Integration in the Americas," Contexto Internacional, 35, no. 2 (2013), 537-564
  • Renata Keller, "A Foreign Policy for Domestic Consumption: Mexico's Lukewarm Defense of Castro, 1959-1969," The Latin American Research Review 47, no. 2 (Summer 2012), 100-119

Book Chapters

  • Renata Keller, "Don Lázaro Rises Again: Heated Rhetoric, Cold Warfare, and the 1961 Latin American Peace Conference" in Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War, ed. Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Mark Lawrence, and Julio Moreno (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2013), 129-149

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., History, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • M.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • B.A., History, Arizona State University, 2004
  • B.A., Spanish, Arizona State University, 2004