John WayAssociate Professor History
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Urban space and youth culture in modern Guatemala
J. T. Way (B.A. New York University; M.A., Tulane University; M.A., Ph.D. Yale University) is an Associate 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 urban 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. His second book, Agrotropolis: Youth, Street, and Nation in the New Urban Guatemala (California University Press, 2021), traces the developments of Guatemalan urbanization and youth culture since 1983, focusing on the provinces and placing working-class Maya and mestizo hometowns and creativity at the center of planetary urban history. His current research focuses on violence and the refugee crisis, and he regularly serves as an expert witness in asylum hearings.
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).
Articles and Chapters
“City Streets in Rural Places: Emerging Cities, Youth Cultures, and the Neoliberalization of Guatemala.” Journal of Social History 53:1 (Fall 2019): 76-106.
“The Movement, the Mine, and the Lake: New Forms of Maya Activism in Neoliberal Guatemala.” Humanities 5, 56, 15 July 2016. Reprinted as book chapter.
“Un futuro que se reproduce: Violencia, regeneración, y modernismo en la historia contemporánea de Guatemala,” in Rubén Sánchez Madero y Gema Sánchez Madero, eds., Guatemala: gobierno, gobernabilidad, poder local y recursos naturales (Valencia, Spain: Editorial Tirant Lo Blanch, 2016), 23-50.
“Guatemala City,” in Ben Vinson, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
“Guatemala City in the Age of Neoliberalism.” Human Rights Review, 15:1 (March 2014): 97-102.
Co-author, with Laura Briggs and Gladys McCormick, “Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis,” American Quarterly, 60:3 (September 2008): 625-648. Reprinted as book chapter.