Professor Friedrich Schuler received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Chicago. He joined the PSU History department faculty that same year. Trained within the European Humanistic tradition where inquiry is important for its own sake, Professor Schuler specializes in 20th Century Latin American foreign relations with Europe, Japan, the Vatican, the Soviet Union and the United States.
Professor Schuler's first book, Mexico between Hitler and Roosevelt: Mexican Foreign Policy in the Age of Lazaro Cardenas, provided new perspectives on Mexican foreign relations between 1934 and 1940. It won the Michael C. Meyer Book Award as the most outstanding book on Mexico published between 1997 and 2000.
Additional work includes Professor Schuler's chapter, "Mexico and the Outside World," which appeared in The Oxford History of Mexico in 2000. In 2003 his chapter, "From Cultural Institute to SS Institute," was published in A General and His Institute: The History of the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin. In the fall of 2005 two essays will be included in The Encyclopedia of German American Relations, published by ABC Clio. The first essay details the history of the NSDAP in Latin America, and the second covers Nazi economic policy for Latin America.
Currently Professor Schuler is completing a book detailing how ethnic communities were manipulated by great power conflicts in the Western Hemisphere between 1869 and 1939. Its projected release is 2006/07.
As a teacher Professor Schuler likens himself to a projection screen, providing historical scenes, and encouraging students to ask provocative questions and search for authentic answers. His love of teaching derives in particular from collaborative research where both professor and students gain and share insights. Ultimately he hopes to change the way Latin American history is studied by encouraging a largely global view beyond the traditional examination of Latin American-U.S. relations. As a result his graduate students conduct research in Washington, D.C., London, Mexico City, and the Vatican.
Professor Schuler's vision for teaching Latin American history now centers on developing a global approach, asking that students consider all parts of the world in relation to Latin American history, not just that of the U.S.
Name: Friedrich Schuler
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