Dr. Jaclyn A. Sumner

Jackie2014-2Assistant Professor of History
Office location: Neville Hall 108
Office phone: 864-833-7165
Office email:

Research Interests: Modern Mexico

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

I am joining the History Department at Presbyterian College having recently completed my Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Chicago (2014). My research examines how regional governance worked during the period of national authoritarianism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Mexico. I have my M.A. (2009) also from the University of Chicago and my B.A. from Northwestern University (2005) where I studied history and Spanish. It was at Northwestern that my passion for Latin American history was first sparked and where I learned the tremendous value of forging close relationships with faculty through a liberal arts education. I have been very fortunate to spend many years in Mexico doing research on a Fulbright DDRA fellowship and a Fulbright IIE fellowship, and I have traveled extensively throughout the country and elsewhere in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and Europe.

In my courses, you will learn that Latin America is so much more than beaches, dictators, fiestas, and siestas, and that its history is inextricably bound to our own. Before coming to PC, I taught both at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite my Latin American focus, I have advised many undergraduate theses in topics ranging from Asian-American activism in Detroit to the history of race in South Africa. I really enjoy working one-on-one with students and helping them to develop their own interests, both in the classroom and in their independent research endeavors.

I am a life-long Chicagoan, a passionate Chicago sports fan, and an avid yogi. My husband Billy and I love live music of all kinds. Billy is also a chef, and we love to cook for friends and family—we are always open to recommendations for good food. I am thrilled to be starting new adventures in the south and to get to know everyone in the PC community—please don’t hesitate to stop by my office and say hello!