Richard Boyer

Professor Emeritus



Richard Boyer took up his appointment at Simon Fraser University shortly before he completed his dissertation on early modern Mexico City at the University of Connecticut in 1973. A dedicated teacher, he was promoted Professor of History in 1994 and served as Chair of the department from 1995-1998. He retired from the department in 2002.

Publications (Books)

  • Lives of the Bigamists (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995), x + 341 pp.
  • La gran inundacion: vida y sociedad en la ciudad de Mexico (1629-1635) (Mexico City: Secretaria de Educacion Publica, 1975.
  • Urbanization in Nineteenth Century Latin America: Statistics and Sources (Supplement to the Statistical Abstract of Latin America) Los Angeles: Latin American Centre, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973. viii + 86 pp. (with Keith Davies)

Publications (Articles)

  • 'People, Places and Gossip: the Flow of Information in Colonial Mexico', in Ricardo Sanchez, Eric Van Young and Gisela von Wobeser, eds., La Ciudad y el campo en la historia de Mexico. 2 vols. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Antonoma de Mexico, 1992, pp. 143-150.
  • "Absolutism versus Corporatism in New Spain: The Administration of the Marquis of Gelves, 1621-1624," The International History Review, iv (1982): pp. 475-503.
  • "Juan Vazquez, Muleteer of Seventeenth-Century Mexico," The Americas, xxxvii(1981): pp. 421-443.
  • "La ciudad de Mexico en 1628--La vision de Juan Gomez de Trasmonte," Historia Mexicana, xxix (1980): pp. 447-471.
  • "Mexico in the Seventeenth Century: Transition of a Colonial Society," Hispanic American Historical Review, 57 (1977), pp. 455-78. Republished in John J.Johnson, Peter Bakewell, and Susan Dodge, eds., Readings in Latin American History (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1985): pp. 87-104.
  • "Las ciudades mexicanas: perspectivas de estudio en el siglo XIX," Historia Mexicana, 22, 2 (Oct-Dec. 1972): pp. 142-159.

Notable Major Awards

1995 recipient of the Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson Prize for Lives of the Bigamists, Marriage, Family and Community in Colonial Mexico.