Benjamin Smith

Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar - University of California, San Diego

Benjamin is a professor of Latin American History at the University of Warwick, specialising in the grassroots political history of Mexico and has published four monographs  four edited collection and dozens of academic articles over the past 16 years. Though he has worked on issues as diverse as market women, social movements, Catholicism, conservatism, journalism, censorship and the press, his recent work has focused on issues of drugs and violence in twentieth century Mexico. His most recent book, 'The Dope: The History of the Mexican Drug Trade', was published by WW Norton in 2021.  

In addition to Benjamin's academic work, he provides expert testimonies for Mexicans fleeing criminal, political, religious and ethnic violence south of the border.