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Autumn Quezada de Tavarez

Autumn Quezada de Tavarez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

University of Mississippi, Ph.D. Latin American History 2010
Northwestern State University, M.A. History 2002
Louisiana Tech University, B.A. History 1997

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Contact Information
GHH 213
Areas of Expertise: 
Latin American History, Indigenous History, Human Rights, Revolutions and Social Justice

Autumn Quezada de Tavarez is an Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator for the Latin American and Latino Studies Minor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2010, in Latin American History. Dr. Quezada de Tavarez has a broad research interest, which includes modern Latin America, indigenous history, social justice, and human rights. As co-advisor for RWU’s Chapter of FIMRC, she leads service-learning trips throughout Latin America, linking together intersections of social justice, history and public health for undergraduate students. In January, she will co-teach an immersion-service, study abroad course in the Dominican Republic titled “Social Justice in Hispaniola.” In the past, she has taught a study abroad course in El Salvador. Watch the video of photos from El Salvador

Professor Quezada de Tavarez actively researches and is involved with innovative study abroad teaching on the island of Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Her work with the RWU Chapter of FIMRC helps place students into experiential learning opportunities tied to service. 

As a professor she is committed to connecting theory to real world praxis and travels with students all over Latin American and brings that knowledge home into public talks. She regularly blogs her travels and experiences at  

Her blog can be found at 


Professor Quezada de Tavarez is the co-author of a chapter publication titled: "Power and Health: Place-based collaborative learning in Las Delicias, El Salvador," which examines the ethics of practicing global service learning. She also published an article titled “Indians, Ladinos and the Resurrection of the Protector de Indios, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas 1870-1885,” in the journal Ethnohistory. Currently she is working on a book publication titled The Model Indian: Power, Litigation, and Rebellion in Nineteenth Century Chiapas  examining the legal culture and patterns of negotiation and contestation of Highland indigenous groups and local Ladino elites. Professor Quezada de Tavarez is also the co-editor for Decentering Discussion on Religion and State: Emerging Narratives, Challenging Perspectives, eds. Sargon Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant, Lexington Press, April 2015. 


The RWU Chapter of FIMRC is very active with a membership of over 200 students. The club travels twice a year, over Spring Break and in May. For information on the RWU Chapter of FIMRC visit the webpage

Community Engagement

Professor Quezada de Tavarez is also active in the Providence community linking the local to the global. She is the Vice Chairwoman for New Bridges for Haitian Success, Inc. and a board member for the Refuge Dream Center

For information on how Professor Autumn Quezada de Tavarez helps lead global service-learning opportunities. See

Dr. Quezada de Tavarez teaches:

  • Survey of Latin American History
  • Revolutions in Latin America
  • Religion in Latin America
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Gender in Latin America
  • Social Justice in Latin America
  • History of Mexico and Central America
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Historical Research Methods (Dimensions)

Contact information:
Dr. Autumn Quezada de Tavarez 
Department of History and American Studies
Office: GHH 213
Phone: 401-254-3024