Dr. Autumn Quezada-Grant

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Dr. 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

Also, experience in asylum cases as Expert Witness Testimony. Countries of expertise - Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.


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, Litigation, and Rebellion 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 asks 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 and negotiation.



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. 



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

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.

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 at https://otonomoon.wordpress.com.  

Professor Quezada-Grant also works in Expert Witness Testimony for asylum cases. Here is a podcast "Bridging Borders" related to that work. 



Dr. Quezada-Grant 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)
  • First Peoples: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 
  • Gold, God, and Slaves: A History of West Africa: Slavery and Beyond 
  • Study Abroad: Social Justice in Hispaniola 


Contact information:
Dr. Autumn Quezada-Grant 
Department of History and American Studies
Office: GHH 213
Email: aquezada-grant@rwu.edu
Phone: 401-254-3024