Modern Mexico, Race and Indigeneity
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 book manuscript, Indigenous Autocracy: Race, Power, and Resources in Porfirian Tlaxcala, Mexico, views one of the most important themes in modern Latin American history—regional political bossism—through the contemporary and salient lenses of race, ecology, and development. Indigenous Autocracy investigates how regional actors brokered political stability in Mexico during Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship (1876-1911). The book examines the regime of the longest-serving governor under Díaz, Próspero Cahuantzi, a recognizably indigenous person who ruled the central state of Tlaxcala from 1885 until 1911, as a window into how local-level negotiations underpinned authoritarian stability.
My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Fulbright IIE Program, and various grants and fellowships through Presbyterian College and the University of Chicago.
I completed my Ph.D. (2014) and my M.A. (2009) in Latin American history from the University of Chicago. My B.A. is 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 young son Harrison, and our dog, Logan.