I am a PhD candidate in the History of Science Department at Harvard.

My dissertation Colonized Bees in the Tropical Frontier: Beekeeping and Modern Apiculture in the Yucatán Peninsula, Florida, and Cuba from 1760-1940 is about the history of beekeeping practices and industrial apiculture in the context of the Spanish colonization and the development of global capitalism. It focuses on the relocation of the European honeybee Apis Mellifera that does not exist in the Americas before the colonization, and the displacement of the native stingless bee Melipona beecheii which is also capable of producing large amounts of honey and wax and has been bred by Maya communities for over 3,000 years in the Yucatán Peninsula. My research looks at the commonalities, connections, and differences between three locations that were crucial for the development of apiculture in the tropics: Florida, Cuba, and the Yucatán Peninsula. My work emphasizes geopolitics, the changing borderlands in the history of colonialism and capitalism in the Americas, and the role of bees and beekeepers in these processes.

 

Previous Degrees:

BA., Communication Studies with Concentration in Socio-Cultural Research, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Mexico (ITESO)
MA., Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico (UADY)
MA., History, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)