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José Moya

Professor
Department: Department of History
Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
Campus mailcode: 147303
Tel: (310) 206-9607
Fax: (310) 206-6859
moya@history.ucla.edu
Personal Website

Raised in socialist Cuba, Jose was sent to Franco’s Spain at the age of fourteen and came to the bastion of liberal capitalism a year later, receiving what he facetiously calls an existential education on the three main political systems of the 20th century. A decade of working in sundry jobs that went from truck driver to janitor expanded this informal training. These experiences engendered in him, first, a fancy for ideological rhetoric and debates, and later a desire to understand how people respond and adapt to large historical forces and shifts that seem beyond their control. His research and teaching reflect this interest and a general curiosity about the veiled realities that seem to exist under official discourses and structures everywhere. He thus remains an unrepentant sociocultural historian unstirred by the renewed interest in politics and elite intellectual history in the trade.