Kyle B. Carpenter
PhD student in History, Southern Methodist University, 2015-Present
MA in History, University of Texas at Arlington, 2013
BA in History, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2007
I study European-born merchants who operated businesses along the Lower Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century. I am particularly interested in the types of trade they engaged, the trade networks they developed, their marriage and settlement patterns, the institutions they established, and the political influence they wielded in the region. I intend to use a study of this small sliver of society to explore the transatlantic and transnational nature of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the years that immediately followed the U.S.-Mexico War.