Alexander Dawson

Alexander Dawson

Professor & Graduate Director of History
Department of History
Department of Africana, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies


Social Science 060M

PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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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.