Dr. Michael Fry

Dr. Michael Fry
Professor of History


  • Latin American history
  • Central American history
  • 18th and 19th century Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica


  • Ph.D., History, Tulane University, 1992
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1985
  • B.A., History and Spanish, Westminster College, 1983


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About Dr. Michael Fry

Michael Fry is a professor in the Department of History at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 1995. Dr. Fry’s research focuses on Guatemala and Latin American history. He teaches courses in Central American history, Mexican history, the Hispanic world, Latin American history, U.S.-Latin American relations and other related topics. Dr. Fry has two current book projects: a historical dictionary of Guatemala that is under contract and a second on the Ladino people of Guatemalan Montaña that is under review. He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has led students on Innovative Month and other residential programs to Spain, Mexico and Central America to study the history of the region. Dr. Fry was a Fulbright Fellow in Latin America, where he studied the Agrarian society in the Guatemalan Montaña, the basis for his doctoral thesis.

Dr. Fry serves on the FLC Faculty Senate. He is a founding member and past president of the FLC chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 

Selected publications and presentations

“Civilization & Barbarism: Urban Elites & the Rural Poor in the Revolt of the Montaña,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C., 2014

“Defending the Web: Private and Communal Land Tenure in the Guatemalan Montaña.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Ethnohistory in Springfield, Missouri, 2012

“The Dilemma of the Guatemalan Montaña: Internal and External Burdens in the Eighteenth Century.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Ethnohistory in Pasadena, California, 2011

“Rise of the Ladino Republic, 1700-1840.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Ethnohistory in Ottawa, Ontario, 2010

“Latin America,” Great Issues Group lecture, Durango, Colorado, 2006

“Relaciones étnicas en la historia guatemalteca,” Lecture given at the Universidad de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico, 2006

“De indígena a ladino: diferenciación étnica en la montaña guatemalteca, (1750-1840),” Diálogos Latinoamericanos [Denmark] VII, 2004


In the news

Professor of History Michael Fry has released Historical Dictionary of Guatemala, a detailed guide to the country's important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. [8/15/18]