As an interdisciplinary scholar, my work sits at the crossroads between Environmental and Ethnohistory, while borrowing heavily from such fields as Anthropology, Political Ecology, Ethnic Studies, Ecocriticism, Indigenous Studies, and Cultural Geography. My forthcoming book, which is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press, is tentatively entitled Our Water Struggles: An Environmental History of Indigenous Mobilization in Northwest Mexico. It uses archival documents and oral histories to interrogate the historic connection between humans and water. Specifically it is an environmental and ethnohistory about the Mayo Indians of Sinaloa, Mexico and their changing interaction with their river system from the 1920s to 1970. I have taught courses on such subjects as The Mexican Revolution, Latinx Immigration, Mexican History, Latin American History, Mexican American History, and Latinx Immigrant Youth Experiences. I have had the pleasure of sitting on Senior Thesis Committees, and PhD Dissertation Committees on topics including Gender and the Mexican Revolution, Environmental History of Latin America, Policing of Latinx Liberation Movements, and Latinx student Movements in Universities. I have conducted research while traveling extensively throughout Latin America, and have joined in the efforts of Latinx Advocacy and Environmental Justice organizations throughout the U.S.

I encourage you to contact me at jmestaz@fas.harvard.edu