Professor of History
Director, MA in History
505 Brevard #1
- Fall 2016 – Present: Professor of History, Lynchburg College
- Fall 2009 – Spring 2016: Associate Professor of History, Lynchburg College
- Fall 2003 – 2009: Assistant Professor of History, Lynchburg College
- Fall 1996 – Spring 2003: Instructor, History, University of California, Irvine
Degrees and Certifications
- PhD in Latin American history with graduate feminist emphasis, University of California, Irvine, 2003
- Master of Arts in history, Texas State University San Marcos, August 1996
- Bachelor of Arts in history, minor in Spanish, University of Texas, Austin, May 1992
I am interested in issues of gender, political legitimacy, state formation, and economic development, not just in Mexico but all over Latin America. Here at LC, I teach world civilizations, as well as the survey of Latin American history.
Academic Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
- Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges: Instructional Technology Grant (2015-16, 2016-17)
- Lynchburg College: Summer Innovative Teaching Grant (2015)
- The James A. Huston Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2013)
- Scholar Leave (Spring 2013)
- Virginia Federation for Independent Colleges: Mednick Fellowship (2007)
- Conference on Latin American History: Lewis-Hanke Prize: best proposal for research to transform a dissertation into a book (2005)
- Lynchburg College: Faculty Development Grant for Summer Research (2004)
- UC Mexus/CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2003-2004 academic year (declined)
- Gender and Welfare in Mexico: The Consolidation of a Postrevolutionary State 1937-1958, Penn State University Press, 2011.
- Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare and Social Policy in the Twentieth Century, Co-editor, with Rebecca Plant, Lori Weintrob and Marian Van der Klein; Berghahn Books, 2012.
Peer-reviewed Articles and Essays
- “Las mujeres, el trabajo y la maternidad durante el milagro mexicano: 1940-1960,” in Abril Saldana, Lilia Venegas, Tine Davids (eds) A Toda Madre! Una Mirada Interdisciplinaria, Mexico DF: ITACA/INAH, 2017.
- “Protecting Mothers in Order to Protect Children: The Seventh Pan-American Child Congress and the Latin American ‘Civilizing Mission.'” in eds. Rebecca Plant, Nichole Sanders, Marian Van der Klein and Lori Weintrob, Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare and Social Policy in the Twentieth Century, Berghahn Books, 2012.
- “Mothering Mexico: The Historiography of Mothers and Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Mexico,” History Compass, Vol. 7, (2009).
- “Gender and Welfare Reform in Mexico: The Construction of a Postrevolutionary State.” Gender and History, 20:1 (2008).
- “Improving Mothers: Poverty, the Family, and ‘Modern’ Social Assistance in Mexico, 1937-1950,” in eds. Patience Schell and Stephanie Mitchell The Women’s Revolution: Women and Womanhood in Mexico, 1910-1953, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
- “Blood, Sex and Power: A Learning Community,” (co-authored with Sabita Manian) Journal of Women’s History, 17:4 (December 2005).
Encyclopedia Entries and Review Essays
- “Gender and Honor in Mexican History: Liberalism and Revolution in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Mexico, review essay, Journal of Mexican Studies, (Winter 2011).
- Encyclopedia of Social Welfare in North America, eds. John Herrick and Paul Stuart, Sage Publications, December 2004.
- “Twentieth-Century Mexican Welfare Institutions”
- “Mother and Family Programs in Twentieth-Century Mexico”
- “Gender As a Category of Analysis: Moving Past Old Binaries,” review essay, Latin American Perspectives, November 2001.
- American Historical Association
- Conference of Latin American Historians
- Latin American Studies Association