Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Contemporary History and Public Policy of Mexico
I am a historian of Latin America with a special interest in the law, culture, and politics of modern Mexico. My first book, Liberalism as Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Legal Rule in Post-Colonial Mexico, 1820-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), described the formation of a fractured geography of legal rule in post-colonial Mexico, paying special attention to the legal culture of estate (hacienda) settlements, towns, and indigenous towns. Liberalism as Utopia won the 2018 Social Science Best-Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section, and the 2018 Best-Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association Nineteenth-Century Section (Honorable Mention). I am currently working on an oral-history project on the culture of political militancy in Mexico during the second half of the twentieth century, as well as on a panoramic history of the Latin American utopian imagination.