Dr. Alberto Wilson joins the faculty of History as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Latinx History as a specialist of the U.S.-Mexico border, metropolitan history, and Modern Mexico. He has held fellowships from Fulbright García-Robles in Mexico and from the Inter-University Program in Latino Research funded by the Mellon Foundation. He is currently working on a manuscript that offers the first binational metropolitan history of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua during the post-World War II. He offers courses on inter-American history, including History of Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border, and Latinx History. Dr. Wilson serves as the faculty liaison for the Adelante Scholars Program, a cohort of 21 first-generation, low-income, and students of color. 

B.A., Vassar College, 2016

Ph.D., University of Houston, 2021


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
  • Modern Mexico
  • Urban and Metropolitan
  • Mexican American History
Areas of Research Interest

Dr. Wilson is currently working on a manuscript  that looks at the economic transformation of the shared border between Mexico and the U.S. during the final half of the twentieth century. A practitioner of oral history, Dr. Wilson looks to narrate those macro-scale shifts by situating readers in the streets of the border city of Ciudad Juárez. With a commiment to binational exchange and cooperation, he Dr. Wilson maintains an active research profile in Mexico, with current projects in Spanish. Dr. Wilson also received the invitation from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History to write the entry on the city of El Paso, Texas, currently being drafted. 


Dr. Wilson is also the principal investigator of a digital humanities project titled ¡Juárez Lucha!, which captures, stores, and shares the history of lucha libre (wrestling) in the Juárez-El Paso borderland. 

Areas of Teaching Interest

Professor Wilson offers the following courses:

  • HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Methods (F22)
  • HIST 553: History of Mexico (F22)
  • The U.S.-Mexico Border since 1848 (Sp23)
  • Latinos/as in the City (Sp23)
Awards and Honors
  • Inter-University Program in Latino Research, University of Illinois, Chicago - Mellon Foundation, 2020-21
  • Fulbright García Robles (Mexico), 2019-20