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

Professor Quezada-Grant applies her historical expertise helping with asylum cases.

Cultural Competency expert.


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 is involved with the Latin American and Latino Studies Minor, as well as Gender and Sexuality 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 litigation 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 sometimes Guatemala.  She has written country conditions and cultural histories/practices related to a number of issues: social and gendered violence, gang and organized crime issues, corruption, machismo, marginalization/discrimination against indigenous peoples, land issues, LGBTI discrimination, environmental violence, and other injustices.  Her work and work abroad gives her a specialty in cultural competency and is available for mentoring. 


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. 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. Professor Quezada-Grant recently published a chapter titled “Tierra, mano de obra y ley: Ladinos, “sus” indios, cultura legal en el siglo XIX en Chiapas,”Chapter in Historias e historiografías del siglo XIX en Chiapas y Guatemala, (Mexico City: CIESAS-UNAM, 2021).

She actively participates in academic conferences presenting at Latin American Studies meetings and gives public and classroom talks on doing asylum work. Professor Quezada-Grant is also on the executive council for the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). 


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. 

Inspiring history students to think outside of the box and engage with social media. 

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. 

Professor Autumn Quezada-Grant assists attorneys across the country and internationally on asylum cases. A country conditions expert in high demand, she involves patterns of asylum seeking into her classroom teaching. Her experience with asylum work and her previous 11 years of university service work and teaching has made her an expert in cultural competency. She is also available for cultural competency workshops and training. 


Dr. Quezada-Grant teaches:

  • Survey of Latin American History
  • Revolution, Violence, and Migration in Modern Latin America
  • Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Revolution and Violence in Latin America 
  • Mass Dislocation and Migration in Latin America 
  • Religion in Latin America
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Gender in Latin America
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies 
  • 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 El Salvador and a course titled, Social Justice in Hispaniola 
  • Core 102: Structures of Power