My research focuses on the intersection of anticolonial politics and development in the second half of the twentieth century.
“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.
Insurgent Oaxaca: A History of Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in the Twentieth Century
I am completing a book manuscript, Insurgent Oaxaca: A History of Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in the Twentieth Century. Insurgent Oaxaca uses the experience of the southern Mexican state as a case study to examine the contested history of indigenous modernization in the Americas. The project reframes debates regarding the nature of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s post-1968 reforms by placing Mexico within an evolving context of decolonization and thirdworldist 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.
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.