UNM's History Department Colloquium

Works in Progress Colloquium

The Programa Nacional Fronterizo: Reformulating Regional Development and Urban Governance in Ciudad Juarez, 1961-1965


Thursday May 2nd, 2 pm @ History Common Room

In this colloquium presentation and discussion, Dr. Alberto Wilson will share a chapter of his book manuscript. The chapter discusses Mexico's 'Programa Nacional Fronterizo' between 1961 to 1965 to investigate how the state's commitment to expand its presence along the northern border led to policy prescriptions that differed from established developmentalist practice. In the PRONAF, business interests usurped state building and introduced a vision for Ciudad Juarez that relied on public-private partnerships to purvey border residents of goods, services, and employment. This chapter originates from an on-going book manuscript, "Pan American City: Neoliberalism at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Ciudad Juarez's Working Poor," an investigation of the arrival of the maquiladoras beginning in the 1960s. 

Alberto Wilson is an incoming Assistant Professor of History at Texas Christian University, and is currently a resident scholar at the School for Advanced Research in SantaFe. He holds a PhD from the University of Houston, where he wrote a dissertation about binational metropolitan development in El Paso and Juarez in the second half of the 20th century.

History Common Room - Mesa Vista Hall 1104

Please click here to read the draft. Please contact the history department if you need the password.

The session will be happening at a busy time close to the end of the semester -  your attendance and participation will be doubly valued and most appreciated! 


For more information on Colloquium events, please contact:

The University of New Mexico
Department of History
MSC06 3760
1104 Mesa Vista Hall
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001