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PhD Candidate
Southern Methodist University
Clements Department of History

Doctoral Fellow in Southwestern History, Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies

I am a historian of nineteenth-century North America, focusing on the eastern U.S.-Mexico borderlands.  My research uses a comparative cultural history of borderland violence to examine the evolution of political power and ethnic and national identities over the course of the nineteenth century. My dissertation project, The Broken Edge of Empire: Making Violence, Nations, and State Power in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1821-1890, explores the relationship between violence and nation-building across the borderlands’ diverse colonial and indigenous societies. In particular, I examine the ways in which borderlands people experienced and participated in the construction of nation-states and other large polities from within the local community and commercial relationships that already defined their everyday lives. Click here for more information.

I teach undergraduate courses on U.S. History, and I am currently developing additional courses on Early America, Latin America, and Borderlands History. Click here for more information

 I hold a B.A. in History from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in History from the University of Akron.