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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Cynthia Radding

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B.A. in Mexican Law, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, March 2007
M.A. in Social Studies, El Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, June 2014

Research Interests

My dissertation examines the overlooked cultural adoptions and exchanges among indigenous communities and early modern colonial authorities during their diplomatic and conflictive interactions in the fringes of northern New Spain (Mexico). I challenge the narrative that presents enlightened metropolitan policies as the main catalysts behind peaceful interactions with indigenous groups.

Some Notable Publications

  • “Reciprocidad y generosidad: La carga de sostener la paz con los españoles en la Intendencia de Sonora, 1786-1797.” In Cambio cultural en territorios de frontera. Programas, procesos y apropiaciones. Siglos XVII-XXI, coords. Ana Luz Ramírez Zavala, Raquel Padilla Ramos, and Zulema Trejo Contreras. (Hermosillo: El Colegio de Sonora, 2020).
  • “Captivity, Displacement and Migration Among Indigenous People on Mining Frontiers.” Habitus 15:1 (2017): 39-53.
  • “Las redes de poder y el patrimonialismo dentro de los procesos comerciales en los presidios de Sonora,” co-authored with María del Valle Borrero Silva. In La historia militar hoy: investigaciones y tendencias, eds. Ángel Viñas Martin and Fernando Puell de la Villa, 127-145 (Madrid: Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado-UNED, 2015).
  • Recent Public Engagements

  • "From Captives to Captors: The Art of Brokering Peace through Bondage and Ransom on the Fringes of Late Colonial Mexico." March 18, 2021, at the International Conference in History organized by Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain, titled "Permanent Seminar: Iberian Worlds and Early Globalization."
  • “Peace Came in the Sign of the Cross: Ritualized Diplomatic Practices Among Natives and Spaniards in Northwestern Mexico, 1528-1836.” October 16, 2020 at UNC’s Fall 2020 History Department Research Colloquium. Event organized by GHS Professional Development.
  • “Gift Giving: The Burden of Sustaining Peace with the Spaniards.” January 5, 2020, the American Historical Association, 134th Annual Meeting, New York City, co-sponsored by the Conference on Latin American History.
  • Courses Offered

  • Teaching Fellow for History 240, Introduction to Mexico: “A Nation in Four Revolutions.” UNC-CH. (Fall 2021).
  • Teaching Assistant for History 127, “American History to 1865.” UNC-CH. Instructor: Kathleen DuVal (Fall 2020).
  • Teaching Assistant for History 143, “Latin America Since Independence.” UNC-CH. Instructor: Daniel Velásquez (Summer 2020).
  • Teaching Assistant for History 242, “U.S.-Latin American Relations.” UNC-Chapel Hill. Instructor: Miguel La Serna (Spring 2020).
  • Teaching Assistant for Peace War and Defense 250, “Introduction to Peace and Security Studies.” UNC- CH. Instructor: Joseph Caddell (Fall 2019).
  • Teaching Assistant for History 266, “Global History of Warfare.” UNC-CH. Instructor: Wayne Lee (Spring 2019).