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 Latin America, US-Latin America Relations, as well as Rise of World Cultures and Ideas and Modern World, which are PC’s general education courses. I also led students on a trip to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico in 2018 and to Spain in May of 2019.
My research explores the interactions and intersections between local, state, and national politics in modern Mexico, as well as broader issues of race, development, and authoritarianism. My book manuscript, Indigenous Autocracy: Race, Governance, and Power in Porfirian Tlaxcala, 1880-1915, investigates regional politics in Mexico during Porfirio Díaz’s authoritarian regime (1876 to 1911). Specifically, it examines the strategies that Governor Próspero Cahuantzi—a self-identified indigenous person and native of Tlaxcala—pursued in order to remain in power longer than any other governor during the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz (1876-1911). The book remaps historical notions about race and dictatorial governance by showing how a non-elite actor managed local power dynamics during a regime that otherwise disparaged and enslaved indigenous peoples.
My recent article published in Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (Winter, 2019) explains how Governor Cahuantzi claimed his indigenous heritage in order to secure a permanent position in the Porfirian dictatorship. It is titled “The Indigenous Governor of Tlaxcala and Acceptable Indigenousness during the Porfirian Regime” and be found here: https://msem.ucpress.edu/content/35/1/61.
My research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation fellowship, a Fulbright IIE fellowship, the Orr Faculty Research Fellowship at PC (2019-2020), PC Faculty Development study grants, and various fellowships through the University of Chicago.
I completed my Ph.D. (2014) as well as my M.A. (2009) in Latin American history from the University of Chicago, 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. Before coming to PC in 2014, I taught at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When I am not writing or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Billy, our toddling son Harrison, and our dog, Logan.