René de la Pedraja, PhD Professor

René de la Pedraja, PhD

Phone: (716) 888-2757

René De la Pedraja, PhD has been at Canisius College since 1989. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1977. Throughout his life he has been passionately concerned with Latin America and its many problems. He has spent over two decades living in Latin America, primarily in Colombia and Cuba. Although his research requires considerable travel, he always looks forward to visiting many interesting places in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. He is particularly fond of large cities with their culture and rich history. He loves to explore the vast collections of famous museums. Whether traveling or at home, he appreciates architecture and likes to visit historic houses. Hollywood has been very effective in diminishing his earlier interest in movies.

Reading books and old documents remains his favorite pursuit. He is a prolific writer who has published nine books and many articles. Students in his Revolutions in Latin America course will read many chapters of his most recent book, Wars of Latin America, 1899–1941.