PhD Students


Derek T. Kutzer

PhD Program

Educational Background

Bachelors in History, University of Texas, Austin
PhD candidate, Southern Methodist University

Research Interests

Kutzer is researching a dissertation on the so-called hippie invasion of northern New Mexico in the late 1960s and early 70s. The Taos area alone boasted more than thirty rural communes by 1970. He is  interested in not only the political, spiritual, and ideological dimensions of the hippie commune movement, but also whether or not the influx of hundreds, if not thousands, of mostly middle-class white newcomers with the capital to buy property exacerbated brewing class and racial tensions over land in the region. It seems pretty clear that hippies idealized a romanticized version of Indian and Hispano communalism. The question is to what extent their presence was welcomed or rejected by locals.        

Last updated 10/11