My work deals with Central American social movements, ethnic conflicts and political violence. My first book analyzes the rise of peasant and labor movements in Somocista Nicaragua. My second book deals with the development of the myth of mestizaje in Nicaragua and the simultaneous assaults on indigenous communities in central and western Nicaragua.

Research Interests:

  • Central America: social movements, ethnic relations
  • Documentary film


  • 20th century
  • Latin American History
  • African Diaspora History
  • Cultural History
  • Film, Photography and Visual Culture
  • Labor and Work
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social and Revolutionary Movements

Subject Area: History


  • Minority Languages and Cultures Project
Past Affiliations
North American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, History
PhD, Yale University, Latin American History, 1988
MPhil, Yale University, History, 1986
MA, Yale University, History, 1984
BA, Yale University, History, 1976
south america central america costa rica nicaragua modern history oral history social history