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Andersson, Paige, PhD - Faculty Bio

Andersson, Paige, PhD



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Modern Languages, East College

Modern Languages 

Post-Doctoral Scholar and Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

In May 2019, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Romance Languages and Literatures Department. My current project studies the mutual construction of race and land in Mexico from the colonial era to the present, particularly through the recurrent memory and practice of colonial congregación. It argues that as a racial project, it was tied to the capitalist environment-making of the New World and has continued as a dominant paradigm for elites seeking to develop peoples and their lands in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Concepts such as racial capitalism, world ecology, political ecology, and social reproduction are central to my research. 

My teaching interests reflect my research interests in critical race theory and Mexico, but extend to incorporate substantive culture and politics into the earliest stages of language learning. This means that I seek to include indigenous and migrant perspectives from Mexico's Northern and Southern borders in my teaching as well. 


Selected Publications

Paige Rafoth Andersson (2019). Grounding Progress and Mexican Potential: Nineteenth-Century Representations of Congregación and National Unity, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 28:2; 235-251.