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Joel Zapata

PhD Program

Educational Background

Ph.D. Student in History, Southern Methodist University, 2013-Present 
M.A. in History, Southern Methodist University, 2014
B.A. in History, Minor in Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso, summa cum laude, 2012


I am interested in documenting the stories of migration and community building of mexicana/os in the Southwest and the regional borderlands where the Southwest meets the South and the Midwest. I am especially interested in the intersections of race, class, and gender along the U.S.-Mexico border and the history of Mexican people in the Southern Plains from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present day. 

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Last updated 12/15