Dr. Jaclyn A. Sumner

History-Faculty-web_2Assistant Professor of History
Office location: Neville Hall 108
Office phone: 864-833-7165
Office email: jasumner@presby.edu

Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-Century Mexico

Teaching Interests: Mexico, Latin America, Race and Ethnicity, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and Latino History, Atlantic World

Courses I have taught include History of Modern Latin America, History of Colonial Latin America, Race, Gender and Power in Latin America, History of Mexico, Indigenous Politics in Modern Latin America, as well as the Rise of World Cultures and Ideas and the Modern World, which are PC’s general education courses.

I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Democracy Under Don Porfirio: Mechanisms of Management and Control in Tlaxcala, Mexico, 1880-1915. The book offers a new critical examination of authoritarianism by showing how processes of regional governance were essential to underpinning national political order during the regime of Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz (1876-1910). I am also working on an article titled, “The Political Currency of Water during the Porfiriato,” which argues that the slow and arbitrary federalization of water in Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries created essential opportunities for state officials to adjudicate water rights and maintain political peace.

I completed my Ph.D. (2014) as well as my M.A. (2009) in Latin American history from the University of Chicago (2014), and my B.A. from Northwestern University (2005) where I studied history and Spanish. It was at Northwestern where I learned the tremendous value of forging close relationships with faculty through a liberal arts education. I have spent many years conducting research in Mexico on various fellowships, including a Fulbright DDRA fellowship and a Fulbright IIE fellowship. Before coming to PC in 2014, I taught at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Chicago sports, listening to live music, cooking and baking with my chef husband Billy, and hiking with our puppy Logan (whom you may see on campus from time to time!)