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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