Appointed As



ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowships program


University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation Abstract

The direction that Matthew O'Hara took in his 2018 monograph "The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico" intrigues me as it introduces a methodological angle to colonial literature that focuses on how subjects carried out their lives from a temporal present into an uncertain future. O'Hara's approach not only opens up the colonial Latin American archive to a perspective that takes seriously the ways that peoples experience time, but it attends to the currents of contingencies and accidents lurking beneath what appears to be a stable, well-conceived past. Combining O'Hara's approach with a theory of discourse, space, and concepts is a direction that I will pursue in my own research projects on early 19th century Mexico, a historical period that scholars are beginning to focus on anew.