Stefano Tijerina, Ph.D.

Dr. Stefano Tijerina teaches in the areas of international business, comparative business, and ethics. Prior to his academic career he worked in the areas of international banking and non-profit management.

He received his B.A. in Comparative Politics from Clark University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Universidad de los Andes, and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Maine. 

His current research centers on the business dynamics of the Western Hemisphere from a historical perspective. He is the author of Circumventing Empires: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1767-1968 (University of Toronto Press), and has published articles in the Journal of Canadian StudiesAmerican Review of Canadian Studies, Iperstoria, Ensayos Sobre Política EconómicaDesafios and Perspectivas Colombo Canadienses, as well as chapters in several edited volumes including Mercados en Común: Estudios sobre Conexiones Transnacionales, Negocios y Diplomacia en las América (siglo XIX y XX) and Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in Petroleum. He is a contributor to the New Economic Papers-History Blog (NEP-HIS Blog) In 2017 he was awarded the First Christopher Kobrak Research Fellowship from the Canadian Business History Association.


  • Ph.D., University of Maine
  • M.P.A., University of Maine
  • B.A., Comparative Politics, Clark University

Teaching Areas

  • Canadian/U.S. Business: A Comparison
  • Introduction to International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Business & Society
  • Introduction to Business



Opportunism and Goodwill: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1867–1979.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press.

Book Chapters

“One Size Fits All? Canadian Development Assistance to Colombia, 1953-1972.” Greg Donaghy, Dominique Marshall, and David Webster eds. “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016, Calgary: University of Calgary Press (2019).

“The Zero-Sum Game of Early Oil Extraction Relations in Colombia: Workers, Tropical Oil, and the Police State, 1918-1938.”  Tourah Atabaki, Kaveh Ehsani and Elisabetta Binieds. Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in Petroleum,  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

“Demarcando una Estrategia Latinoamericana: Las Iniciativas del Sector Privado Canadiense en Colombia, 1904-1953.” María Aparecida Lopes y María Cecilia Zuleta eds.Mercados en Común: Estudios sobre Conexiones Transnacionales, Negocios y Diplomacia en las Américas (siglo XIX y XX). D.F. México: El Colegio de México, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Transnational Spatial Dimensions of Colombian-Canadian Relations in the Era of Capitalist Expansionism.” American Review of Canadian Studies48, no. 2 (2018).

“Constructing Modernity and Progress: The Imperializing Lens of an American Engineer in the Early Twentieth Century.” Iperstoria Special issue: American Constructions of

Photography / Photographic Constructions of America (Spring / Summer 2018): 24-39.

“Canadian Official Development Aid to Latin America: The Struggle over the Humanitarian Agenda, 1963-1977.” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revued’études canadiennes51, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 217-244.

“The Role of Canadian Financial Entities in the Development of Colombia’s Financial Markets: 1896-1939.” Ensayos Sobre Política Económica 30, no. 67 (2012): 252-79.

“One Cinderblock at a Time: Historiography of Canadian-Latin American and Canadian- Colombian Relations.” Desafíos1, no. 24 (2012): 275-292.

“Ahora o Nunca: La Misión Ministerial Canadiense a América Latina de 1968 y su Impacto en las Relaciones Bilaterales con Colombia.” Perspectivas ColomboCanadienses 2 (2009):10–29.