Professor of History
Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University, 2018
MA, Latin American Studies, University of British Columbia, 2012
MA, History, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2010
BA, International Relations, University of British Columbia, 2008
Fields of Interest
20th Century Mexico
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Immigration and Asylum
HIST 1020: World Civilizations II
HIST 3510: Colonial Latin America
HIST 3520: Modern Latin America
HIST 4500: Modern Mexico
HIST 4510: U.S.-Latin American Relations
HIST 4530: Mexican and Central American Migration
HIST 5970: Graduate Studies in Latin America
My research examines asylum policy in Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s. I highlight the relationship between the Mexican state and political exiles who sought refuge from dictators throughout Central America and the Caribbean. I use asylum as a lens onto foreign relations and policy-making during a period when the Mexican government was shifting away from its commitment to the revolutionary objectives of previous generations. My work engages with new scholarship on Mexican history—and particularly the study of Mexican foreign relations—that de-centers the country’s relationship to the United States.
In addition to my historical research, I am currently collaborating with colleagues at Stony Brook University to develop an online simulation game based on the Spanish-Aztec War. We are researching the game’s impact on student engagement and its potential to improve learning outcomes in history classrooms.
“Hotel México, Santo Domingo: Mexican Asylum in Trujillo’s DR, 1946-1954” (article in progress).
“Canto Libre: Folk Music and Solidarity in the Americas, 1967-1974.” In The Art of Solidarity: Visual and Performative Politics in Cold War Latin America. Edited by Jessica Stites Mor and Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas, 117-145. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018.
“Of Soldiers and Saints: Gender Constructs, the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, and the Fight against Conscription, 1964-1970.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 38, no. 2 (2013): 309-324.
“Imagining the Nation from Abroad: Transnationalism and Historical Memory after the Guatemalan Spring,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York NY, January 3rd 2020 (co-organizer)
“Asylum Policy as Foreign Policy in Mid-Century Mexico,” Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, Chicago IL, January 5th 2019
“Working together for ‘the redemption of mankind’: Mexico, the Americas, and the World in the Post-War Moment,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington DC, January 7th 2018
“From Chapultepec to Bogotá: Mexico and the Promotion of Human Rights in the Post-War Moment,” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies, Salt Lake City UT, April 5th, 2017.
“Assassins or Asilados? Anti-Communism and the Politics of Asylum in Cold War Mexico: The Case of Jaime Rosenberg and Rogelio Cruz Wer,” Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, Atlanta GA, January 10th 2016
“The Language of Song: Folk Music and Solidarity in the Americas, 1967-1971,” Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, New York NY, January 3rd 2015
“Letters from Exile: Luis Cardoza y Aragón, Juan José Arévalo, and the Story of the U.S. Intervention in Guatemala, 1954-1956,” Workshop on Twentieth Century Exile in Latin America, Cologne Germany, September 5th 2014
“Of Soldiers and Saints: Gender Constructs, the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, and the Fight against Conscription, 1964-1970,” Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, Chicago IL, May 22nd 2014
“Despierta Joven!: The Puerto Rican Anti-Draft Movement, 1964-1973,” Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Congress, Kelowna BC, May 2012
Grants and Awards
Graduate Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences, Stony Brook University (2017-2018)
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2017)
Research Grant, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (2017)
Research Grant, The Tinker Foundation (2015)
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2014)