I am an assistant professor of history at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where I teach courses on Latin America, the global sixties, and indigenous cultures and politics. I serve on the organizing collective of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas. I hold a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Maryland and am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
My interest in the questions driving my research began at a young age. My family on both sides are rural people, some from central Illinois and others from southeastern Oklahoma, near the Red River. As a child, my grandfather shared with me stories of Indian country and the Trail of Tears. In high school, I found myself in south central Mexico, studying Spanish in the aftermath of an indigenous uprising led by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional and a subsequent massacre in the village of Acteal, Chiapas. These experiences provoked a series of questions for me regarding inequality, justice, and racism. Those questions eventually led me to studying history and continue to shape my research and teaching agendas.
Department of History
N.13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612