I am a historian of the U.S.-Mexico border region as well as a political scientist who looks at transnational flows of licit and illicit goods and the politics around the extraction of primary resources, especially oil.
I previously served as the head of the Division of Liberal Arts at Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus and in various leadership roles at California University of PA. I have published articles in the Review of International Political Economy, Paedagogica Historica, the New Mexico Historical Review, the Journal of the West, the World History Bulletin, and the Journal of the Southwest. I have written or co-edited four books: Transnational Indians in the North American West (Texas A&M University Press), From Many, One: Indians, Peasants, Borders, and Education in Callista Mexico, 1924-1935 (University of Calgary Press), Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspectives on Contraband and Vice in North America's Borderlands (University of Arizona Press), and At the Border of Empires: The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934 (University of Arizona Press). At the Border of Empires was named one of the Southwest Books of the Year by the Pima County Library and the Arizona Historical Society. I am currently working on two book projects: a history of the Harrison Act of 1914 with Elaine Carey and a 19th century history of the Comcaác Indians with Laura Tuennerman. I have a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, an MA in Political Science from Syracuse University, and a BA in Political Science from Marquette University. Prior to my life in academia, I ran restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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