Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Yale University (2001)
M.A., Yale University (1998)
B.A., Amherst College (1993)

Selected Publications


Science, Nationalism, and Aesthetics in the Shaping of Mexico’s Environmental Imagination (in progress).

A Territory Cleaved: Nation, Nature, and Ethnicity on the U.S.-Mexican Frontier (in progress)

Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans, and the State After the Revolution (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010).

Co-edited with Beatriz Canabal, Aline Hemond, et al, Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (Chilpancingo, Guerrero: Colegio de Guerrero, 2003).


 “Olinalá y la indigenización trasnacional de la cultura nacional mexicana,” Mestizo, indígenas, estranjeros: Nuevos miradas sobre nación y alternidad, edited by Daniela Gleizer and Paula López Caballero (Mexico, DF: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2015).

“Anita Brenner, Jewish Roots, and the Transnational Creation of a National Identity,” in Creating an Archetype: The Influence of the Mexican Revolution in the United States (Washington DC: Smithsonian, 2013).

 “Nature as Subject and Citizen: The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain (1787-1803)” in A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico, edited by Chris Boyer (University of Arizona Press, 2012)

"The Noche Mexicana and the Exposition of Popular Art: Two Ways of Exalting Indianness," in The Eagle and the Virgin: National Identity, Memory and Utopia in Mexico, 1920-1940, edited by Mary Kay Vaughan and Stephen Lewis (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).

"Forging a Mexican National Identity in Chicago: Mexican Migrants and Hull-House: 1920-1937," Pots of Promise: Mexicans, Reformers, and the Hull-House Kilns, Chicago, 1920-1940, edited by Cheryl R. Ganz and Margaret Strobel (Chicago: University of Illinois-Chicago Press, 2004).

"Visiones cartográficas de un Guerrero Bronco, 1791-1940," in Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (Chilpancingo, Guerrero: Colegio de Guerrero, 2003).

"The India Bonita Contest of 1921 and the Ethnicization of Mexican National Culture," Hispanic American Historical Review 82(2) (May 2002): 291-328.

"The Morrows in Mexico: Nationalist Politics, Foreign Patronage, and the Valorization of Mexican Popular Aesthetics," in Casa Mañana: The Morrow Collection of Mexican Popular Arts, ed. Susan Danly (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002).




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