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.
- 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)
- '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.