Alexander Dawson

Associate Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.A., University of Calgary
B.A., University of Calgary

060M Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301

Current Research Interests:

I am a historian of modern Latin America. My principle focus is Mexico. Most of my publications focus on the intersections of politics, human rights, inequality, and race, particularly where it concerns the complex terrain of indigenous rights in the Americas. Lately, my research has also spilled across the northern border, as I have sought to understand the ways in which ideas about indigeneity work in different North American contexts. My current book project, forthcoming with the University of California Press, takes up this effort by exploring the history of peyote, science, and the law on both sides of the US-Mexican border.

Select Publications:

“Peyote in the Colonial Imagination”, in Peyote: History, Traditions, Politics, and Conservation, Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar, editors. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2016, 43-62.

“Salvador Roquet, María Sabina, and the Trouble with Jipis”, Hispanic American Historical Review, 95:1 (2015) 103-133.

Latin American Since Independence: A History with Primary Sources. New York: Routledge, 2011 (1st ed.), 2014 (2nd ed.).

Co-editor, with Fabiola Bazo, “Policy Forum: Emerging Transnational Responses to Global Extractive Industries / Forum politique: L’émergence des réponses transnationales face aux industries d’extraction globales”, in Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement 34: 1 (March 2013) 70-138.

First World Dreams: Mexico Since 1989. London: Zed Books, 2006.

Indian and Nation in Revolutionary Mexico. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.

"Histories and Memories of the Indian Boarding Schools in Mexico, Canada, and the United States", Latin American Perspectives, Issue 186, 39:5 (September 2012) 80-99.

“‘Wild Indians,’ ‘Mexican Gentlemen,’ and the Lessons Learned in the Casa del Estudiante Indígena,” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, 57:3 (January 2001) 329-361.

“From Models for the Nation to Model Citizens: Indigenismo and the ‘Revindication’ of The Mexican Indian 1920-1940,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 30:2 (May 1998) 279-308.

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