UA alumnus and current academic collaborator Roderic Ai Camp was honored with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, which is the highest honor foreigners can receive from the Mexican government, for his contribution to the promotion of culture, policy and history of Mexico in the U.S. Past recipients include President Dwight Eisenhower, civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
The Diario Oficial de la Federación, the government of Mexico’s daily publication, said Camp is “one of the most important promoters of Mexican culture in the United States of America. His constant interest and extensive knowledge of our country have positioned him as a recognized internationalist in various parts of the world.”
Camp is the Phillip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Government and History, with a focus on Latin America, in 1970. In 1980-81, Camp taught at the UA in the then Government Department as a visiting professor, and in 1984 he taught for the UA summer program in Guadalajara.
Camp has written more than 30 books and hundreds of scholarly papers on Mexican politics. Camp is a member of the Mexico Institute's Advisory Board and a former Mexico Institute Global Fellow. His most recent book is Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2013). Camp received three Fulbright Fellowships, as well as a Howard Heinz Foundation Fellowship for research on Mexico.
Camp is currently collaborating with UA History Professor Bill Beezley (who recently received the Ohti Award from the Mexican government) to produce video interviews with prominent Mexican political figures and others who played a critical role in its democratic transition in the 1980s and 1990s.