Professor Rugeley is a Presidential Professor who recently received the Regents Award for Superior Research. He has published four books since 1996, including his recent translation of an Austrian botanist's German-language memoir of travel in nineteenth-century Mexico. His monographs explore many of the intricacies of nineteenth-century Latin American culture--religion, popular culture, ethnic conflict, and the problem of violence figure all prominently in his work and his forthcoming book, Rebellion Now and Forever: Mayas, Hispanics, and Caste War Violence in Yucatan, 1800-1880
, continues his explorations of these complex themes. Professor Rugeley is a past president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies and offers a wide variety of courses on Latin American history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves as Director of Graduate Studies. Professor Rugeley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.