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 am currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on the career of Francisco Xavier Gamboa, a lawyer and judge in eighteenth-century Mexico.
I teach a variety of courses on Latin American history, including colonial and national period surveys, the history of Mexico, environmental history of Latin America, and the history of crime and rebellion in 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.