Professor of History; Department Chair
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
My first book, listed below, explores the relationship between history (what happened) and historiography (the writing of history). It examines the compilation of primary sources recording the conquest of Michoacán, Mexico from 1521-1565, and the subsequent twists and turns of historical interpretations based on these sources from the 16th through the late 20th centuries. In a sense, it is a “history of a history,” one that explores the production of meanings concerning a specific conquest narrative in various social, cultural and political contexts. My current research brings together an interest in the representation of the past with an emphasis on visual culture. I am especially interested in photographers and the images they produced in Mexico from the 1920's through the 1940's.