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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Darlene S. Rivas

Darlene S. Rivas

Professor of History and Latin American Studies

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 207
Phone: (310) 506-4025
E-mail: darlene.rivas@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., United States and Latin American History, Vanderbilt University, 1996
  • M.A., History, Sam Houston University, 1990
  • B.S., American Studies, Harding University, 1982


  • History of the American Peoples
  • Foreign Relations of the United States in the Twentieth Century
  • United States, 1920-1952
  • United States Since 1952
  • Mexico and the Borderlands
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • Historiography

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2007
  • Seaver Research Council Grant, 2004-2005
  • Seaver Fellow, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
  • W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), 1993
  • Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, (SHAFR)
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • American Historical Association

Academic Interests:

  • Latin American history
  • United States foreign relations
  • United States in the twentieth century

Selected Works:

  • "Patriotism and Petroleum: Anti-Americanism in Venezuela from Gomez to Chavez." In Alan McPherson, Ed., Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Politics and Culture, Past and Present. Berghahn Books, March, 2005
  • U.S. Relations with Latin America, 1942-1960. In Robert Schulzinger, Ed. A Companion to American Foreign Relations. Blackwell Publishers, 2003.
  • Missionary Capitalist: Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela. University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
  • Humanitarian Intervention and Relief. In Alexander DeConde, Richard Dean Burns, and Fredrick Logevall, Eds. Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. 2nd Edition. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002.
  • Boxing with Joe Louis: Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela. In Peter L. Hahn and Ann Heiss, Eds. Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World Since 1945. Ohio State University Press, 2001.