Dr. John Bawden is an associate professor of History at the University of Montevallo as well as the 2017-2018 University Scholar.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside in 2009 and joined the UM faculty that year. Bawden’s research interests include South American militaries, U.S.-Latin American relations, and the Spanish Conquest.
His book, The Pinochet Generation: the Chilean Military in the Twentieth Century, examines the training, memory, and professional formation of Chile’s officer corps. This military culture shaped a number of historical outcomes during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and earlier in the century. His most recent book, Latin American Soldiers: Armed Forces in the Region’s History (Routledge, 2019) introduces readers to the study of armed forces in Latin American history through vivid narratives about four very different countries: Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Chile. Bawden’s published work also appears in The Latinamericanist, the Journal of Latin American Studies, and the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations.
Bawden teaches a variety of courses for the history program including Colonial Latin America, Modern Brazil and Historical Methods.