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Raquel Escobar

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Research Assistant of American Indian Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 20th Century Indigenous Politics and Activism
  • Modern U.S. History
  • Modern Latin American History
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity

Research Description

  • My dissertation examines the “Indian Problem” in the twentieth century as a transnational phenomenon across the Américas. I focus on the hemispheric struggle to reconcile indigeneity and nationalism in the twentieth century by examining the history of the Inter-American Indian Institute (IAII) from the 1930s to the 1990s. Using the IAII as a framework I trace the multi-level attempts to reconcile indigenous bodies into nation states, the creation and maintenance of transnational Native and non-Native political and intellectual networks, as well as examine repeated moments of resistance and dissent.

Education

  • B.A. American Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2011

Distinctions / Awards

  • Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Fellowship, 2016
  • Tinker Summer Field Research Fellowship, 2014
  • INTERSECT Fellowship: Global Indigenous Studies, 2013-2015
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Fellowship, 2012-2013; 2015-2016