Imagining America

 

My dissertation, entitled “Imagining America: International Commiseration and National Revolution in the Modern Post-Colony,” traces the emergence of what I call Pan-American Discourse, a hemispheric vernacular of revolutionary change that I argue connected the more than thirty popular republican movements that seized control of the Americas during the Age of Revolutions (c.1775-1830). I analyze cases of Indigenous, Black, and Mestizo-led insurgency in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and the United States to demonstrate that marginalized communities used Pan-American discourse to legitimize demands for egalitarian reforms such as the abolition of slavery, civic equality, and protection of agricultural rights. Further, my study of hemispheric insurgency movements demonstrates that marginalized communities transformed the principles of republican thought by centering racialized bodies, Indigenous identities, and religious beliefs in their visions of post-colonial emancipation. I illustrate these political innovations by using objects of popular discourse, such as novels, poetry, pamphlets, marching songs and visual artifacts depicting a collective project of anti-colonial imagination.

 

Research Agenda

My broader research agenda is situated in two areas. First, in Comparative Political Theory (CPT), my work on hemispheric insurgency movements emphasizes Indigenous studies, racial and ethnic studies, popular movements, and post-colonial thought. My research aims to bring a vernacular perspective on comparative political theory by highlighting the contributions of popular thought and “common” actors attempting to subvert colonial order. Second, my research aims to expand the scope and archive of the History of Political Thought by tracing the political and conceptual innovations of popular discursive contexts. My study of the Age of Revolutions focuses on the reception of Republican Political Thought in the Americas, as well as its imbrication in histories of empire and colonialism. My work on insurgency movements demonstrates that marginalized communities not only understood the saliency of republican rhetoric during the Age of Revolutions, but traces the ways in which they translated and transformed republican thinking to better address their lived experiences as colonial subjects.

 

My research in American Politics focuses on public opinion, voter behavior, issue saliency, and open-ended data methods. My co-authored project with Benjamin Page, Thomas Ferguson, Jacob Rothschild and Jie Chen, "The Roots of Right-Wing Populism: Donald Trump in 2016," appeared in the International Journal of Political Economy (July 2020). This project is funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Peer Reviewed Works

Working Projects

“Restoring Anáhuac: Indigenous Genealogies and Hemispheric Republicanism in Post-Colonial Mexico” under review.

"Frontier Ideologies: Anti- and Neo-Colonial Convergence in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands" under review.

“Maneuvering Order: Indigenous Royalists, Black Loyalists, and Connecting Projects of Racial Resistance" with Owen Brown. 

“Open-ended Questions and Attitudinal Ambivalences: America’s Voices on International Trade” with Thomas Ferguson, Benjamin I. Page, and Jacob Rothschild. 

Non-Peer Reviewed Works

Awards and Research Grants

Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021; Declined)

Consortium for Faculty Diversity 

 

Diversity and Inclusion Research Advancement Grant in Indigenous Studies (2020)   

American Political Science Association

 

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowship (2020)

Williams College, Williamstown MA

 

Presidential Fellowship Nominee (2020; Declined)

Northwestern University, Evanston IL

 

Franke Graduate Fellowship (2019)

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Northwestern University, Evanston IL

 

Graduate Research Grant (2018)

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Northwestern University, Evanston IL

 

Doctoral Research Award in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2018)

Northwestern University, Evanston IL

 

Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies (2015)

Northwestern University, Evanston IL                                                                                  

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