Research

My research focuses on the intersection of anticolonial politics and development in the second half of the twentieth century.  

Select Publications

 

“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.

"Indigenismo Occupied: Indigenous Youth and Mexico’s Democratic Opening (1968-1975)” The Americas, Vol. 72, No. 4 (October 2015): 549-582.*

 

*Awarded the Antonine Tibesar Prize for most distinguished article published in The Americas by the Conference on Latin American History.

Este articulo ha sido traducido y publicado en una revista mexicana de ciencias sociales, Cuadernos del Sur. Para quienes prefieren leerlo en español, se encuentra aquí

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.