BA University of Arizona
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
MA Thesis: “’Their Graves Will Be Volcanoes’: Martyrdom and the Construction of History in Sandinista Nicaragua, 1960-1990”
My research focuses on the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979 and the years of Sandinista government that followed it. I am specifically interested in the relationship between collective memory and state formation. Continuing the work I began for my MA thesis on Sandinista political discourse, my dissertation uses archival research and oral history interviews with Nicaraguan men and women of the revolutionary generation – those who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s – to investigate how the FSLN, in its first era of government, crafted a new historical narrative of the national past, how rank and file Nicaraguans outside of the state engaged in the construction of that narrative through processes of collective remembering, and how the politics of memory shaped conceptions of the nation and Sandinista legitimacy.