I am a historian of Latin America, with a specialty in colonial Mexico. My current research focuses on legal culture and institutions in the 18th century Spanish world. I am also very interested in environmental and comparative economic history.

I teach a variety of courses on Latin American history, including colonial and national period surveys, the history of Mexico, and the environmental history of Latin America. Prior to my 2012 appointment to SUNY New Paltz, I taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University in San Antonio.

A native of Canada,  I received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and a JD from the University of Toronto. I worked in Mexico City for five years in the finance industry, as well as three years on Wall Street, where I analyzed Latin American equities for a major international bank. In 2001, I moved to Austin to begin the Ph.D. program in Latin American History at the University of Texas. I graduated in 2009.

 

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