I am an historian of US-Latin American relations and of modern Mexico. I received my doctorate in history from Harvard University in 2006, and I subsequently held posts as an historian in the Office of the Historian of the US State Department, as a visiting fellow at the Insituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, and as a senior fellow at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. I came to Oxford in 2011 as the director of the North American Studies Programme at St Antony’s College, and I became director of the Rothermere American Institute in 2016.
Through my research, I have sought to explore the development over time of the relationship between the United States and its nearest neighbours and to place modern Mexican political history in a broader regional and global context. I have investigated such topics as the failure of US expansionist initiatives directed at Cuba and northern Mexico during the 1850s, the impact of the Second World War on US-Mexican relations and on Mexican politics, and the repercussions of the Cold War in Mexico. As an historian for the State Department, I worked extensively with a broad range of official US records on the formulation of foreign policy, focusing particularly on US-Latin American relations during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. Also, in my work with the North American Studies Programme at St Antony’s College, I examined a range of transnational connections between the states and societies of North America, broadly defined to include Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions, co-edited with Dawn Alexandrea Berry and Nigel Bowles (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Though it has been home for centuries to indigenous peoples who have mastered its conditions, the Arctic has historically proven to be a difficult region for governments to administer. Extreme temperatures, vast distances, and widely dispersed patterns of settlement have made it impossible for bureaucracies based in far-off capitals to erect and maintain the kind of infrastructure and institutions that they have built elsewhere. As climate change transforms the polar regions, this book seeks to explore how the challenges of governance are developing and being met in Alaska, the Canadian Far North, and Greenland, while also drawing upon lessons from the region's past. Though the experience of each of these jurisdictions is unique, their place within democratic, federal systems and the prominence within each of them of issues relating to the rights of indigenous peoples situates them as part of an identifiably 'North American Arctic.' Today, as this volume shows, their institutions are evolving to address contemporary issues of security, environmental protection, indigenous rights, and economic development.
Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976: Documents on South America, 1973-1976; Volume E-11, Part 2
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976: Documents on Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, 1973-1976; Volume E-11, Part 1
The War Has Brought Peace to Mexico: World War II and the Consolidation of the Post-Revolutionary State