Prof. Mark Rice

Mark Rice

Assistant Professor
Latin American History


Phone: 646-312-4344
Location: VC 5-246


Mark Rice is an Assistant Professor of history specializing in Latin America. In particular, his research focuses on the history of the Andean region and the history of tourism and travel. He is also interested in research and teaching in the thematic areas of the history of consumption and material culture, economic and financial history, global and transnational history, and social history.

Professor Rice’s current research investigates the development of tourism in and around Machu Picchu and the Cusco region of Peru. His book, Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru, examines the transformation of Machu Picchu into a global tourist attraction. His research, by emphasizing the important role travel and tourism has played in elevating Machu Picchu into a global symbol of Peru, casts new light on the role that tourist-centered development plays in affecting regional and national politics in the developing world.

In addition to his primary research, Mark Rice writes on the history of Latin America and the history of tourism in academic journals, collaborative projects, and the media. He has been invited to present his research at academic events and conferences in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.

Mark Rice completed his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University where he earned the President’s Award for Distinguished Doctoral Students. He earned his BA in history from Cornell University. He currently lives in Queens, New York, where he spends most of his free time eating either Peruvian ceviche or spicy Hunan cuisine from China.

For more information on Mark Rice’s ongoing research and teaching, please visit his webpage:


Modern Latin America; the Andean Region; Peru; Tourism and Travel; U.S.-Latin American Relations; History of Development; Business History


Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University (2014)

B.A., History, Cornell University (2007)


American Historical Association

Conference on Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association



Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.


“Good Neighbors and Lost Cities: Tourism, the Good Neighbor Policy, and the Transformation of Machu Picchu.” Radical History Review, no. 129 (October 2017): 51-73.

“Transnational Business and U.S. Diplomacy in Late Nineteenth-Century South America: W. R. Grace & Co. and the Chilean Crises of 1891,” Journal of Latin American Studies 44, number 4, (November 2012), pp. 765-792.

Book Chapters

“Generals, Hotels, and Hippies: Velasco Era Tourism Development and Conflict in Cusco.” In The Peculiar Revolution: Rethinking the Peruvian Experiment under Military Rule, edited by Paulo Drinot and Carlos Aguirre, 295-318. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017. (Spanish translation: “Generales, hoteles, y hippies: desarrollo turístico y conflicto en Cuzco durante la era de Velasco.” In La revolución peculiar: repensando el gobierno militar de Velasco, edited by Paulo Drinot and Carlos Aguirre, 389-418. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2018.)

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