My work focuses on Mexico’s impoverished majorities in the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. In particular I am interested in social movements, state formation, nationalism and popular political culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexico.

My third book, The Dead March:  A History of the Mexican-American War, is a social and cultural history of the 1846-48 war between Mexico and the United States. Focusing on gender, religion, and race, the project examines how soldiers and civilians in both countries understood and experienced the conflict. I teach graduate courses on colonial history, nationalism, and social movements as well as a variety of undergraduate courses on Mexico, modern and colonial Latin America, world history, and war.

Research Interests:

  • Mexico
  • Latin America
  • political culture
  • war


  • 19th century
  • Latin American History
  • Age of Revolutions
  • Citizenship and Belonging
  • Cultural History
  • Empire and Colonialism
  • Historical Teaching and Practice
  • Military History and Warfare
  • Politics and Constitutional History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social and Revolutionary Movements

Subject Area: History

Past Affiliations
Chicano/a Studies, History
PhD, University of Chicago, 1992
MA, University of Chicago, 1986
BA, University of Chicago, 1985
south america central america argentina mexico latin america history history of law modern history social history latin american history comparative literature hispanics native north americans