Autumn Quezada-Grant

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Autumn Quezada-Grant , Ph.D.Associate Professor of History

Contact Information

x3024aquezada-grant@rwu.eduGHH 213Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Modern Latin American History, Indigenous History, Social Justice, Focus on Mexican, Central American and Dominican Histories

Professor Quezada-Grant applies her historical expertise helping with asylum cases. Her countries of expertise are Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.

Education

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

Autumn Quezada-Grant 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-Grant has a broad research interest, which includes modern Latin America, indigenous history, social justice, and human rights. Her current manuscript project is titled The Model Indian: Power, Rebellion and Legal Culture in Nineteenth Century Chiapas which examines legal culture and patterns of negotiation in the of Highlands of Chiapas between early statehood until the 1870s. On the cusp of an outward looking export economy, the manuscript digs deep into judicial archives to highlight relationships between indigenous Maya and local Ladinos. What we see is that the dominant narrative of Chiapan history contrasts with the meta-narrative of real lived experience and the best way to see this is through moments of contestation, negotiation and social changes tied to legal culture. 


Professor Quezada-Grant actively works as a Country Conditions Expert with Immigration attorneys for asylum cases. Specializing in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic she has written country conditions and cultural histories/practices related to a number of issues: social and gendered violence, corruption, machismo,  marginalization/discrimination against indigenous peoples, land issues, religious discrimination, environmental violence, and other injustices. 

Publishing

Professor Quezada-Grant is the co-author of several chapters involving the ethics involved with Global Service Learning in collaboration with several faculty members. 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 and has a forthcoming article on Nineteenth Century Chiapan history and Legal Culture which will be published in Spanish through UNAM. Professor Quezada-Grant 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. 

Service-Learning 

Professor Quezada-Grant helped establish and grow RWU's Chapter of FIMRC. 

Over her years as co-advisor of RWU’s Chapter of FIMRC, she has led service-learning trips throughout Latin America, linking together intersections of social justice, history and public health for undergraduate students.

Every other year she co-leads a 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.

Professor Quezada-Grant 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. 

Community Work

As a professor she is also 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.

Professor Quezada-Grant 's discussion of her Expert Witness Testimony/Country Conditions work for asylum cases can be found in her podcast, Bridging Borders

Teaching 

Dr. Quezada-Grant teaches:

  • Survey of Latin American History
  • Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • 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 
  • Making Global: Introductory History Course 
  • First Peoples: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 
  • Gold, God, and Slaves: A History of West Africa: Slavery and Beyond 
  • Study Abroad: Social Justice in Hispaniola 
  • Core 102: Challenges of Democracy