Chris Boyer has taught at UIC since 2001. He gives classes in Mexican history, environmental history, and Latin American Studies. His first book, Becoming Campesinos: Politics, Identity, and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoacion, explains how the Mexican land reform influenced peasant culture in the 1920s and 1930s. He has also published a number of articles in the United States and Mexico on labor history, political struggle, and cultural change in the years following the Mexican revolution. He is now writing a social and environmental history of modern Mexico that focuses on the competition between indigenous communities, scientists, and logging companies to control the fate of the nation's forests between 1880 and the present. That project has been supported by UIC and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.