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RESEARCH PROJECTS

I am an interdisciplinary and transnational historian. My current and former research projects focus on Mexican, Latin American, LGBTQ+, and Indigenous history.

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A Transnational History of Gay Liberation: Print Culture, Visuality, and Racialized Desires in North America, 1971- 1994

This book-length project examines the production, circulation, visual content, and reception of leading gay periodicals published in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. from the early 1970s through the 1990s. I argue that the sexual and erotic imagery featured in these periodicals helped to advance gay liberation movements across the Americas. I also argue that this imagery was the product of a transnational political economy of desires shaped by the specific class and race politics manifesting in these periodicals’ major markets. I have published initial research in Hispanic American Historical Review and Left History. See more details here.

Transnational Gay Liberation in the Americas

This project traces the formation of transnational networks of gay liberation activists who used gay periodicals to build international solidarity in the 1970s and 1980s. These middle-class, left-wing activists were based in major cities across the Americas, such as Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Mexico City, Guatemala City, and Buenos Aires. Through their work with gay periodicals, these activists enabled the emergence of a transnational gay liberation movement against the backdrop of the Cold War.

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Mapping Foolscap: Gay Oral Histories, 1981-1987

This digital exhibition draws on oral histories collected by John Grube and Lionel Collier between 1981 and 1987 to locate places where gay men gathered, cruised, and socialized in Toronto through the 1940s to the late 1960s. Zohar Freeman and myself created this exhibit in collaboration with the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, directed by Dr. Elspeth Brown, and The Arquives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives. 

See the exhibition here!

The Feast of the Dead: French Historiography and the Idea of Death among the Huron-Wendat in Early Seventeenth Century

Undergraduate Dissertation (2014)

This ethnohistory project discusses the social, economic, and political dimensions of the mortuary customs, rituals, and myths associated with death among the Huron-Wendat. Some of the themes examined include the Feast of the Death, stories of the afterlife, and the ritual lament that the Wendat performed during their funerary rituals.

Find the dissertation here.

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