Arturo Arrieta

Arturo Arrieta
(415) 338-1604
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 261 (and by appointment)
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 8:00 am-9:00 am
Thursday: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm


I have been working in the education field for nearly two decades. After some time working in adult education I began lecturing in history at San Francisco State University, as well as other campuses throughout the Bay Area. My teaching interests are in World History, Latin American History and U.S. History. I especially like teaching World History because it allows me to explore diverse people and cultures and to discuss global developments. In Latin American History my teaching emphasizes 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 and 1980s. Finally, I teach U.S. History since Reconstruction. Modern U.S. history has always interested me, particularly the social and political movements in the post-WWII era. In addition, I teach U.S. History for Foreign Students: a general education requirement for international students. In the summer of 2010 I taught this course at Peking University Founder Technology College, in Beijing China, to students transferring to San Francisco State University.


  • 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

Courses Recently Taught

  • World History to 1500 C.E.
  • World History Since 1500 C.E.
  • History of the U.S. thru Reconstruction
  • History of the U.S. Since Reconstruction
  • U.S. History for Foreign Students
  • History of Women in Latin America
  • Survey of Latin America
  • History of Mexico
  • 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