Category Archives: Americas

Radio, Revolution & the Mexican State

A review of Wireless: Radio, Revolution, and the Mexican State, 1897-1938, by J. Justin Castro. In Mexican history, the transitional period between the Porfiriato (1876-1911)…

Academic Sparring Partners

Academic Training Partners Lately the media has emphasized many disheartening aspects of the graduate school experience: the debt crisis, the slumping of the academic job…

Indigenous Economy & Ethical Work in Ecuador

A review of Merchant Moralities: Indigenous Economy and Ethical Work in Otavalo, Ecuador, by Kristine Latta. Drawing on a range of personal experiences and ethnographic…

Chinese Immigrants in Mexico 1931-71

A review of We Won’t Be Bullied Anymore: Chinese-Mexican Relations and the Chinese Community in Mexico, 1931-1971, by Fredy González. Fredy González’s 2013 dissertation, We…

State & Power in Bolivarian Venezuela

A review of State and Power after Neoliberalism in Bolivarian Venezuela, by Donald V. Kingsbury. Contemporary Venezuelan politics have been the center of world attention…

Mexico-US Migration 1965-86

A review of Undocumented Lives: A History of Mexico-U.S. Migration from 1965 to 1986, by Ana Raquel Minian Andjel.  Simply put, Ana Raquel Minian’s “Undocumented…

Religious Chroniclers in 17c Peru

A review of Writing History to Reform the Empire: Religious Chroniclers in Seventeenth-Century Peru, by Carlos Gálvez-Peña. As stated in the introduction, this dissertation analyzes…

Multi-Site Archival Research

The Challenges and Rewards of Multi-Site Archival Research During a recent campus interview, a History PhD student asked me: “what is it about this profession…