About Me

I’m a historian, a writer, and I sometimes pretend to be an anthropologist. Above all, I work on (fairly) modern Mexico – currently at University College London, where I’m a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow.

I’ve recently published my first book, about how some of Mexico’s most independent-minded Indigenous peoples – including the Huichol Indians – participated in the Mexican Revolution (1910-40). You can find out more about it here, and buy a copy for yourself here.

I’m now in the middle of a project exploring the War on Drugs in Mexico, and the rise of indigenous vigilante organisations in the context of this conflict. I’m particularly interested in the ties of history, memory, space and culture that link today’s communal militias with popular paramilitary groups during the Mexican Revolution (1910-40), and the French invasion of Mexico (1860s). You can find out more about this project by clicking here.

My current project follows on from previous research into the historical roots of the Mexican drug trade, as well as my doctoral investigation into the history of Mexico’s heavily indigenous Gran Nayar region.

I’ve also worked on the history of Nicaragua’s indigenous Mayangna people and their role in the Nicaraguan Revolution and the 1980s Contra War; and, as co-founder of Vlax Records, I have helped research, restore, and re-release a load of banging Roma folk, psych and soul tunes from the back in the days of Socialist Yugoslavia.