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Dr. Manuel  Morales Fontanilla
Dr. Manuel Morales Fontanilla
Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American History

In his scholarly work, Morales Fontanilla draws on his background in history and law to influence his research and teaching interests, which encompass critical studies of race and ethnicity, sport, environmental justice, and digital humanities in Latin America. His book project, Impossible Roads: Cycling, Race, and Masculinity in Colombia, 1930–1995, probes the social, cultural, and political importance of competitive cycling in the countryIt examines the sport from the appearance of the first competitions until its consolidation as a popular mass phenomenon and explores its role in creating geographical imaginaries and identities. He is also in the early stages of a second book project called Three Frontiers: Borders, Meanings, Ecologies, 1918-1942, which focuses on the Upper Amazon basin and examines sociopolitical and legal landscapes across the environmental and territorial ecologies of Brazil, Colombia, and Perú.

Selected Publications

“Sports Policy in Colombia,” International Journal of Sports Policy and Politics, Volume 12, Issue 4, 717-729.


Forthcoming “The General’s Vuelta,” in Sport and the Pursuit of War and Peace, edited by Martin Hurcombe and Phil Dine, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

“El Deporte En Bogotá Y El Debate Intelectual De Los Años 20.” En Estudios Socioculturales Del Deporte. Desarrollos, Tránsitos Y Miradas, editado por David Leonardo Quitian, 150-175. Bogotá: Editorial Asciende.

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. 2018
M.A., Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia 2011
LL.B., Universidad Nacional de Colombia School of Law and Political Sciences, Bogotá, Colombia. 2010
B.A., Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Colombia 2005
Contact Information
305 Humanities Building
Areas of Expertise
Social and Political History of Modern Latin America
Sport in the Global South
Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity
Environmental Justice