Rodolfo Stavenhagen (1932-2016) was a doctor in Sociology from the University of Paris. He has been a professor at Stanford, Harvard, Seville, UNAM, Paris, Geneva, and the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro. He was a researcher at the Center for Sociological Studies of El Colegio de México. A specialist in agrarian sociology, ethnic minorities, human rights, ethnic conflict, indigenous peoples, and social development, he was one of the most important scholars of the agrarian environment in Mexico. In 2001, the UN Commission on Human Rights appointed him as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people. He received numerous awards, including the National Prize for Sciences and Arts and the Boutros Boutros-Ghali Prize awarded by the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations. Among his publications are The ethnic question (2001), and Ethnic conflicts and the national state (2000).