Axel Elías


Visiting Scholar

I am a cultural historian of Latin America and the Caribbean. I am interested in everyday forms of nation building and I am currently studying the intersections of Mexican gastronationalism and migration in New York City.

Academic Interests

Gastronationalism, migration, sport studies, histories of emotions and the body


Licenciado, History, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Maester’s, Modern and Contemporary History, Instituto Mora

PhD, History, King’s College London


Mexico City’s Olympic Games. Citizenship and Nation Building, 1963-1968, Palgrave Macmillan, under Contract. Forthcoming October 2021.

‘Mexico 1970: football and multiple forms of modern nation-building during the 1970 World Cup’ Soccer & Society, 2020, DOI:10.1080/14660970.2020.1793623

Aragón Pérez, Alberto and Axel Elías J., ‘A Case Study Comparison of the Presence of Women in Two Olympic Organising Committees: Mexico’68 and Barcelona’92’ in History of Women’s Work in Global Sport, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, ISBN 978-3-030-26909-8.

Georgia Cervin, Grégory Quin and Axel Elías, ‘From the Carpet to Executive Committee: Women Leading Women’s Gymnastics’. Histories of Women’s Work in Global Sport. A Man’s World? Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 2365-998X y 2365-9998.

‘”Diffuser une image positive de notre pays” A propos de l’utilisation de la science et des technologies pendant les Jeux Olympiques de Mexico et leur organisation”‘ in Grégory Quin and Anaïs Bohuon, 1968, le sport fait sa révolution à Mexico, Editions Glyphe, 2018, ISBN/EAN 978-2-35815-252-5

‘The exact route to achieving success’: ‘Statecraft and the management of Third World expectations during the XIX Olympiad in Mexico’, Diagoras International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies, Vol. 2, November 2018, ISSN: 2565-196X