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 entitled Strength from the Waters: A History of Indigenous Mobilization in Northwest Mexico. It is an environmental and ethnohistory that interrogates the historic connection between humans and water through the lens of 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 Environmental History, Latin American Revolutions, Latinx Immigration, The Mexican Revolution, Mexican History, and Modern Latin American History. The digital tools I use in the classroom engage students of all backgrounds and by using these technologies, they can more effectively relate the histories of marginalized groups and address social and environmental concerns today. 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 extensive research throughout Latin America, and continue to join in the efforts of Latinx Advocacy and Environmental Justice organizations throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

 

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