I’m pursuing a PhD in twentieth-century Latin American history at the University of Texas-Austin. I study urban youth, violence, crime, poverty, and marginality in Central America. I’m also interested in Cold War insurgency/counterinsurgency, youth gangs, narcotrafficking, immigration, and state anti-crime policy in Latin America more broadly. I’m currently working on a project which will trace the emergence of youth gangs in Guatemala City and investigate their relationships with the state during the mid 1980s-early 1990s. I plan to write a dissertation that explores the “internationalization” of Central American youth gangs like Mara Salvatrucha Trece(MS-13) in Guatemala City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, and Los Angeles.

Narcomodernities is an international history of drug trafficking and violence in the Americas. For a host of reasons, drugs are, and have long been, among the most mobile and global of goods.[1] This website explores a broad range of state and non-state actors, from Pablo Escobar to the Contras, Manuel Noriega to Amazon Indian growers, favela dwellers in Rio de Janeiro and Central American gang members on the streets of Los Angeles. It showcases a number of historical monographs and primary source documents, as well as popular articles, video clips, and songs that provide a broad, historical view of the international drug trade. It is a resource designed for “non-experts” to become scholars of international drug trafficking history.

This website discusses current events while engaging historical debates surrounding globalization, immigration, crime, gangs, prisons, the “War on Drugs,” the Cold War, and current U.S./Latin American relations and politics. In particular, I consider the many political, social, and economic linkages, both formal and informal, between the United States and Latin America, underscoring how policy decisions in one place greatly affect lived realities in another.
Edward F. Shore

[1] Paul Gootenberg, Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008), 7.

  1. Gwyne Wedepohl Shore says:

    An incredible source and important information for all. I am especially interested in the dedication and work of Fr. Solalinde in Mexico.

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