Arturo Arrieta

Lecturer Faculty
Location: Humanities Building Room 261
Office Hours:
Tue: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.and by appointment
Thu: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.and by appointment


  • M.A. History, San Francisco State University, 2003

      • Concentrations in World History and Latin America
  • B.A. History, San Francisco State University, 1994
      • Concentrations in U.S. History and Modern Europe



After working several years for the public library and in adult education, I began lecturing in history at San Francisco State University, as well as other colleges throughout the Bay Area, in 2005. My teaching interests are in World History, Latin America, and U.S. History. I especially like teaching World History because it allows me to explore ancient peoples and diverse societies, and to discuss global developments and comparisons from long periods of time. In Latin American history my teaching interests include the social and political movements in the 20th century, such as the Mexican and Cuban Revolutions, and the civil wars in Central America during the 1970s-80s. I also teach both early and modern U.S. History. U.S. history has always interested me, particularly the social and political movements in the post-World War II era. In addition, I teach U.S. History for International Students, a general education requirement for SFSU students from other countries. In the summer of 2010 I was privileged to teach this course at Peking University Founder Technology College, in Beijing China, to students transferring to San Francisco State.


Courses Recently Taught

  • World History to 1500 C.E.
  • World History Since 1500 C.E.
  • History of the U.S. Through Reconstruction
  • History of the U.S. Since Reconstruction
  • History of Social Movements in the U.S.
  • U.S. History for International Students
  • History of Mexico
  • History of Women in Latin America
  • Survey of Latin America
  • History of Central America and the Caribbean


Research Interests

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Pre-Columbian Civilizations 
  • Modern Latin America
  • Global History
  • U.S. History in Global Context


Selected Publications

Contributor to the article “La Batalla Por El Banco Central” in the Mexican academic journal Historia Mexicana, April-Junio 2000, Vol. XLIX, Núm. 4, (631-672).


Selected Awards

Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award, History Department, San Francisco State University, 2003