- Chair, Department of History
- Professor, Department of History
- B.A. at University of Chicago, 1985
- M.A. at University of Chicago, 1986
- Ph.D. at University of Chicago, 1992
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My work focuses on Mexico’s impoverished majorities in the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. In particular I am interested in social movements, state formation, nationalism and popular political culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexico. My first book, Peasants, Politics, and the Formation of Mexico’s National State: Guerrero, 1800-1857, (Stanford University Press, 1996) argues that Mexican peasants were well aware of the momentous political changes that came with independence and some groups participated actively in the movements and alliances through which Mexico’s national state was formed. My second book, “The Time of Liberty”: Popular Political Culture in Oaxaca, 1750-1850 (Duke University Press, 2005) focuses on how popular political culture changed in both rural and urban areas under the impact of the Enlightenment, the Bourbon Reforms, independence, and liberal republicanism. I am currently working on a social and cultural history of the 1846-48 war between Mexico and the United States. Focusing on gender, religion, and race, the project examines how soldiers and civilians in both countries understood and experienced the conflict. I teach graduate courses on colonial history, nationalism, and social movements as well as a variety of undergraduate courses on Mexico, modern and colonial Latin America, and race.
- U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2008)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers (1999)
- Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (1997)
- Advanced Research Grant, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies (1996)
- Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (1990-1991)
- Social Sciences Research Council Fellowship (1988)
- U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (1988)
- International Institute of Education Fulbright Fellowship (1988)
- Latin America
- political culture
Courses Recently Taught
- Latin American Culture and Civilization 2
- The World in the Twentieth Century I
- Colonial Latin American History
- Mexico and the United States: A Cultural History
- Nationalism and National Identity in Latin America
“The Time of Liberty”: Popular Political Culture in Oaxaca, 1750-1850. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2005.
Peasants, Politics and the Formation of Mexico’s National State: Guerrero, 1800-1857. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press 1996.
“La identidad nacional y los afromexicanos en el siglo XIX,” in Brian Connaughton, ed., Prácticas Populares, Cultura Política y Poder en México, Siglo XIX, (Mexico City: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa/ Juan Pablos 2008), pp. 259-301.
“No se nos debe desigualar: Movilización realista, ideario insurgente, y liberalismo español en Oaxaca, México.” Pp. 11-21 in Germán Cardozo, ed., Colectivos sociales y participación popular en la Independencia Hispanoamericana, (Maracaibo. Venezuela: Universidad del Zulia, Nacional de Antropología e Historia y El Colegio de Michoacán 2005), pp. 11-21.
“Community Service, Liberal Law, and Local Custom in Indigenous Villages: Oaxaca, 1750-1850,” pp. 50-65 in Sueann Caulfield, Sarah Chambers, and Lara Putnam, eds., Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin America, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005), pp. 50-65.
“Postcolonialism as Self-fulfilled Prophecy? Electoral Politics in Oaxaca, 1814-1828, in Mark Thurner and Andrés Guerrero, eds., After Spanish Rule: Postcolonial Predicaments in the Americas, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2003), pp. 248-71.
“El carácter tumultuoso de esta gente’: Los tumultos y la legitimidad en los pueblos oaxaqueños, 1768-1853,” in Brian Connaughton, coord., Poder y legitimidad en México en el siglo XIX. Instituciones y cultura política, (Mexico City, MX: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa/Conacyt/Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 2003), pp. 181-205.