My research focuses on the intersection of anticolonial politics and development in the second half of the twentieth century.
My book, Oaxaca Resurgent: Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Mexico, forthcoming from Stanford University Press (August 2021), uses the experience of the southern Mexican state as a case study to examine the contested history of indigenous development in the Americas. The book reframes debates regarding the nature of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s post-1968 reforms by placing Mexico within an evolving context of decolonization and Third-Worldist politics internationally. I analyze post-World War II indigenous brokers and educators who engaged with transnational discourses of anti-colonialism, education reform, and development initiatives. I argue these indigenous actors helped produce two interrelated but distinct outcomes. The first resulted in official state multiculturalism that recognized and embraced indigenous difference. The second outcome resulted in a politics of indigenous resurgence frequently marshaled against establishment politics. As such indigenous difference became a key terrain of politics by the end of the twentieth century with divergent forces deploying it for disparate ends.
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters
“Mexico’s Turn Toward the Third World: Rural Development under President Luis Echeverría,” in México Beyond 1968: Revolutionaries, Radicals, and Repression During the Global Sixties and Subversive Seventies, ed. Jaime M. Pensado and Enrique C. Ochoa (Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press, 2018), 113-133.
My research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, the Inter-American Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution.