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John Way

Associate Professor

John T. Way (B.A. New York University; M.A., Tulane University; M.A., Ph.D. Yale University), better known as J. T., is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History in the Department of History. His teaching areas are modern Latin America with an emphasis on globalization and the intersections between cultural, social, and economic history; colonial Latin America; and world history, transnational studies, and geographic approaches to history.

Before joining the GSU faculty, J. T. Way lived and worked in Latin America for ten years, and served as the Consulting Director of CIRMA—the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica—in Antigua, Guatemala. He was a faculty affiliate of the University of Arizona, and both ran and taught in programs for U.S. university students in Guatemala, where he also founded a school in the Mayan highlands.

J. T.’s first book, The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala (Duke University Press, 2012) was awarded the CLR James Award for Best Published Book by the Working Class Studies Association. An urban transnational history, it traces national and international development projects from the 1920s forward and maps them against the history of Guatemala City’s markets and shantytowns. He is currently writing a book about popular culture and alternative nationalism from the 1960s to the present in Latin America that uses the rapidly urbanizing countryside in Guatemala as a case study.

Curriculum vitae


Agrotropolis: Youth, Street, and Nation in the New Urban Guatemala (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021).

The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012).

“Guatemala City,” in Ben Vinson, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Guatemala City in the Age of Neoliberalism,” Human Rights Review, 15:1 (March 2014): 97-102.