The School For Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico

ImageI was fortunate to have been invited to visit the School for Advanced Research  in Santa Fe, New Mexico by Dr. James F. Brooks, SAR President and CEO while I was conducting research on curanderismo at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Brooks took my husband and I on a tour of the beautiful SAR campus, including the Indian Arts Research Center which houses a breathtaking collection–over 12,000 pieces–of Native art of the the Southwest.  The mission of SAR is to bring together artists, scholars from a wide range of disciplines, educators and the interested public to explore questions about the human condition, evolution, culture, history and creative expression. Continue reading

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Arizona, Race, and Mormon Political Identity

Borderlands History is pleased to host this piece from David G., a PhD candidate at Texas Christian University, who is writing his dissertation on Wounded Knee in American memory. It is cross posted from The Juvenile Instructor, an academic blog on Mormon history which David G., our own Jared T., and others founded in 2007.

In recent years, historians have looked beyond Utah’s borders to Arizona as a fruitful place to explore the dynamics of race, gender, and class among Mormons in the American West. Two works that have appeared of late include Mormons as prominent actors in Arizona’s history, Daniel J. Herman’s Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West (2010) and Katherine Benton-Cohen’s Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (2011). Continue reading

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Dare to Compare: Attempting Comparative Transnational and Borderlands History

Brenden Rensink, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney

I will just come out and say it – I want more borderlands historians to engage in comparative work, to integrate U.S.-Mexican, U.S.-Canadian and countless other transnational histories into new groundbreaking scholarship.  Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

Transnational and borderlands history is complex.  It requires mastering historiographies, narratives, and archival materials from multiple political entities – historic empires and nation-states, contemporary international, national, state- or local-level polities – and potentially in multiple languages.  Fully integrating them together is complicated.  It is messy.  And that is why I love [and hate] it so much.  At an AHA panel honoring the late David J. Weber (Southern Methodist University), Professor Steven Hackel (UC-Riverside) shared a quote from Dr. Weber in which he Continue reading

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