I am a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on indigenous political activism and radical politics in twentieth-century Peru. I am increasingly interested in the history of illicit drugs across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the expulsion crisis in Central America. Methodologically, I combine oral history interviews with archival research.
My book Before the Shining Path explores the precursors of Peru’s Shining Path war, examining indigenous peasants’ political projects from the 1890s until 1980. My book Now Peru is Mine, co-authored with the indigenous peasant activist Manuel Llamojha Mitma, traces Llamojha’s activism across the twentieth century. My current project examines Latin American drug history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
I teach courses in Latin American history and the history of illicit drugs. My courses pay particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender, and they highlight the ideas, experiences, and activism of indigenous peoples and peoples of African descent. I have supervised graduate students writing on a diverse range of topics, including Colombian drug history, Afro-Peruvian activism, and Nicaragua's Contras.
HISTORY 127: DRUGS IN MODERN GLOBAL HISTORY
HISTORY 241: COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY 242: LATIN AMERICA SINCE 1850
HISTORY 342: POLITICAL AND SOCIAL REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY 345: DRUGS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (Topics in Latin American History)
HISTORY 442/692: DRUG TRADES AND DRUG WARS IN LATIN AMERICA (Topics in Latin American History since 1850)
The social, cultural, and political histories of criminalized drugs like opium, marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine.Winter Term 2021
Survey of Latin American history since 1810.Winter Term 2021