Jorge G. Castañeda

Jorge Castañeda Gutman, born May 24, 1953 in Mexico City, is a highly respected scholar of Mexican culture and history, who served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. He has been a professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a senior associate of the Carnegie Institute for International Peace and a visiting professor at Princeton University and the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is the Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He lives in New York and Mexico City. Other books by the author include Compañero, a biography of Che Guevara, and Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War.

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“Americans interested in Mexico will be fascinated by his astute analysis of the machinations of the Mexican mindset and mannerisms. . . .