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United States History
B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Michigan State University
My current research is on the social and economic history of the Southern migration movement to Mexico after the American Civil War. On one level, I provide greater insight into the vision and planning behind a colonization venture that had the potential to reshape the political economy of the South and Mexico. On another level, I examine a broader range of migrants, including former slaves, to advance the historiography beyond a focus on stalwart Confederates. Lastly, my work draws attention to the borderlands of the American Southwest and northern Mexico to help explain the failure of this colonization initiative. Centering the borderlands represents a key shift in the understanding of this transnational period in U.S. and Mexican history.
- The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration Across the Borderlands after the American Civil War
- Nineteenth-century U.S. history
Civil War and Reconstruction
- U.S. 19th and 20th Century
- Mexican and Latin American History
- Comparative Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
- IAH 201: The U.S. and the World, History and Culture
Michigan State University, 2001-2003
- History 4C: Western Civilization, 1700-Present
- History 17C: The American People Since World War I
- History 17B: Contested Visions and American Liberty, 1840-1920
- History 17A: The American People, 1492-1820
- “A Vision for Colonization: The Southern Migration Movement to Mexico after the U.S. Civil War”
Southern Historian, 30 (Spring 2009), 50-66.
- Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, Dept. of History, UCSB
Jan. to June 2009
- UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant
Sept. to Dec. 2008
- Mellon Match Fellowship, The Huntington Library
July to Aug. 2008
- Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society
- Wilbur Jacobs Prize, UCSB History Associates
- “‘It is the germ we trust of a great movement’: The Migration of White and Black Southerners to Mexico after the American Civil War.”
Paper presented, Feb. 6, 2009, The Civil War Era in Global Perspective, Richards Center Conference, Penn State University.
- “The Southern Exodus to Mexico: Migration in the Borderlands." Paper presented, June 25, 2008.
MESEA Conference, Migration Matters: Immigration, Homelands, and Border Crossings, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
- “William Marshall Anderson and the Southern Exodus to Mexico.” Paper presented, April 13, 2007.
International Migration Conference, Why We Move: Economic, Environmental, Cultural and Political Dimensions, Cal. State Polytech. Univ. Pomona.
- “The Absurd and the Unfinished: Faulkner and Time in Go Down, Moses,” Paper presented, July 23, 2005.
Southern Writers, Southern Writing, Graduate Student Conference, University of Mississippi.