Lecturer in History
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Rachel Grace Newman is a lecturer in the history of the global South in Smith’s history department. She earned her doctorate in international and global history from Columbia University in 2019. She also has a Maestría en Estudios sobre la Región (master’s in regional studies) from El Colegio de Jalisco and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.
Her courses at Smith situate Latin American history in the context of the global South, and she offers comparative courses on the topics of childhood and youth, migration, borderlands, and privilege and inequality. She also teaches Primary Sources in Latin American History, based on a class she previously taught at Columbia University.
Newman’s research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, among other grants. Her current project looks at the history of study abroad in Mexico, analyzing the politics of student mobility in an era of nationalism. Her work emphasizes the importance of social class and age categories to understand the ambitions of elite youth who migrated to the United States in the decades after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920). She shows how a privileged group of citizens gradually pushed the Mexican state to develop international scholarship programs, still in existence today. In 2017, American History, a television program produced by C-SPAN3, interviewed Newman about her work.
Newman is also a podcast host for New Books in Latin American Studies, a channel of the New Books Network. Listen to her conversations with authors.