Professor
Department of History

Robert H Holden

8034 Batten Arts & Letters
Norfolk, 23529

Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago, (1986)

M.A. in Latin American History, Pennsylvania State University, (1977)

B.A. in Journalism, University of Missouri, (1970)

Expertise

History
Latin American History / Latin American Politics / U.S. Policy on Latin America / U.S. Military Policy / Central American Political and Military History, Philosophy of History/ Philosophical Anthropolog/ Ethics/ History of Mexico / Rule of Law / Political Legitimacy / Violence
International Issues
Latin American History / Latin American Politics / U.S. Policy on Latin America / U.S. Military Policy / Central American Political and Military History, Philosophy of History/ Philosophical Anthropolog/ Ethics/ History of Mexico / Rule of Law / Political Legitimacy / Violence
Latin America
Latin American History / Latin American Politics / U.S. Policy on Latin America / U.S. Military Policy / Central American Political and Military History, Philosophy of History/ Philosophical Anthropolog/ Ethics/ History of Mexico / Rule of Law / Political Legitimacy / Violence

Research Interests

State formation; legitimacy and authority; rule of law; violence; history of Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica), Cuba, Caribbean, U.S. relations with Latin America

Articles

Holden, R. H. . (2020). After the Deluge: Central American Historiography at Low Tide. Latin American Research Review 55 (3) , pp. 574-585.
Holden, R. H. (2009). The Public University’s Unbearable Defiance of Being. Educational Philosophy and Theory 41 (5) , pp. 575-591.
Holden, R. H. (2009). La violencia, la ley y la historia en Centroamérica. Elfaro.net.
Holden, R. H. (2008). Communism and Catholic Social Doctrine in the Guatemalan Revolution of 1944. Journal of Church and State 50 (3) , pp. 495-517.
He, W. (2007). Developing an Online Searchable Bilingual Database for Learning about Central American Political History. Journal of the Association for History and Computing 10 (2).
Holden, R. H. (2006). De la mujer invisible al feminismo ineludible: Política y antropología en la historiografía de la mujer. Memoria y Civilización (9) , pp. 109-138.
Holden, R. H. (2005). What Is Your Anthropology? What Are Your Ethics. Historically Speaking (bulletin of The Historical Society) 6 (4) , pp. 35-37.
Holden, R. H. (2003). The Perversion and Redemption of Latin American Political History. The Journal of the Historical Society 3 (1) , pp. 25-44.
Holden, R. H. (1999). Securing Central America Against Communism: The United States and the Modernization of Surveillance in the Cold War. Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 41 (1) , pp. 1-30.
Holden, R. H. (1997). El carácter del ejército de Honduras a los finales del siglo XIX: Bandas armadas o institución nacional?. Revista de Historia (Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua, Universidad Centroamericana) 9 (1) , pp. 21-30.
Holden, R. H. (1996). Constructing the Limits of State Violence in Central America: Toward a New Research Agenda. Journal of Latin American Studies 28 (2) , pp. 435-459.
Holden, R. H. (1993). The Real Diplomacy of Violence: Military Power in U.S.-Central American Relations, 1950-1990. International History Review XV (2) , pp. 283-322.
Holden, R. H. (1990). Priorities of the State in the Survey of the Public Land in Mexico, 1876-1911. Hispanic American Historical Review 70 (4) , pp. 579-608.

Books

Holden, R. H.. (2022). The Oxford Handbook of Central American History. Oxford University Press.
Holden, R. H. (2013). Contemporary Latin America: 1970 to the Present. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Holden, R. H. (2010). Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History. Oxford Unviersity Press.
Holden, R. H. (2004). Armies Without Nations: Public Violence and State Formation in Central America, 1821-1960. Oxford Unviersity Press.
Holden, R. H. (1994). Mexico and the Survey of the Public Lands: The Management of Modernization, 1876-1911. Northern Illinois University Press.

Book Chapters

Holden, R. H.. (2022). Interpreting the History of a Region in Crisis The Oxford Handbook of Central American History (pp. 1-23).
Holden, R. H. (2020). Violence, the State and Revolution in Latin America The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume IV (pp. 490-509) Cambridge, UK:.
Holden, R. H. (2017). Beyond Mere War: Authority and Legitimacy in the Formation of the Latin American States Does War Make States? Investigations of Charles Tilly’s Historical Sociology (pp. 243-267) Cambridge University Press.
Holden, R. H. (2016). Borderlands and Public Violence in a Shadow Polity: Costa Ricans, Nicaraguans and the Legacy of the Central American Federation Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America (pp. 207-240) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Holden, R. H. (2011). La Iglesia y la independencia del Reino de Guatemala Política y religión en la independencia de la América hispana (pp. 65-84) Madrid: BAC.
Holden, R. H. (1988). Los terrenos baldíos y la usurpación de tierras: mitos y realidades (1876-1911) Historia de la cuestión agraria mexicana, Vol II: La tierra y el poder (pp. 269-289) Mexico: Siglo XXI.
  • 2004: 2005 Outstanding Academic Title for "Armies Without Nations", awarded by Choice, academic library review of the American Library Association, American Library Association
  • 2002: Admitted to Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi by election of the chapter at Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University
  • 2000: Fulbright Scholar award for teaching and research, Costa Rica, William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • 1999: Certificate of Excellence in Instructional Technology, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University
  • 1995: Arts and Letters Faculty Research Grant, Old Dominion University
  • 1994: Arts and Letters Faculty Research Grant, Old Dominion University
  • 1992: Profesor investigador, Posgrado Centroamericano en Economía y Planificación del Desarrollo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
  • 1991: Research Associate (1992-93) and Visiting Scholar (1991-1992), Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
  • 1984: Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award, Fulbright-Hays
  • 1984: Inter-American Foundation Fellowship, Inter-American Foundation
  • 1982: National Resources Fellowship (Title VI),