Research

My current book project, Devil’s Bargains: Miners, Indians, and Citizens at the Limits of the Bolivian Revolution, 1930-1985, follows mining families as they struggle to hold nationalist governments accountable, negotiate community authority, and survive life high in the mountains. My work highlights the importance of these families in the construction of a nationalist ideology that could reconcile development in a precarious landscape with the racial, cultural, and economic legacies of colonialism during the twentieth century.

My next project will be a transnational history of how the English bowler hat came to be a symbol of indigenous femininity in Andean Bolivia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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