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Doctoral Candidate in History
1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003
My work revises the history of the American Southwest during the colonial encounter, between 1580 and 1820, through an analysis of the unique opportunities that Chihuahuan Desert ecologies afforded Mescalero Apaches. As such, this research privileges the geographies and economies that existed between colonial prominences like Santa Fe, El Paso del Norte, and San Antonio.
Apaches’ creative usage of natural and European-derived resources allowed them certain competitive edges over their neighbors for nearly 200 years. In addition to the usual tools of the historian, I draw on those of the environmental scientist, the biologist, and the economist in order to craft a history that cuts across disciplines. This research alters the ways we think about vectors of space and place, violence, and sustainability.
1029 Tisch Hall435 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI