I am an assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York. My research focuses on the history of the Andean region and the history of tourism and travel. I am also interested in research and teaching in the thematic areas of the history of consumption and material culture, economic and financial history, global and transnational history, and social history.
My book, Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru, examines the transformation of Machu Picchu into an iconic tourist destination. I call attention to the important role travel and tourism has played in elevating Machu Picchu into a global symbol of Peru. The book casts new light on the role that tourist-centered development plays in affecting regional and national politics in the developing world.
My research on Latin American history and tourism has appeared in the Radical History Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies, Apuntes: Revista de Ciencias Sociales, and Riqch’ariy. I have presented my research at academic events and conferences in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe and I have appeared in media in the United States and Peru.
At the history department at Baruch College, I teach courses on global history, Latin American history, and the history of tourism.
I completed my Ph.D. at Stony Brook University where earned the President’s Award for Distinguished Doctoral Students. I earned my BA (magna cum laude) in history from Cornell University. I currently live in Queens, New York where I spend most of my free time eating either Peruvian ceviche or spicy Hunan cuisine from China.
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