SARAH OSTEN

University of Vermont, History Department

Wheeler House, Room 303, 133 S. Prospect Street, Burlington, VT  05405

sarah.osten@uvm.edu  /  802-656-1397

 

Employment                                                                                                 

2019-present Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of Vermont

2013-2019   Assistant Professor,  Department of History, The University of Vermont

 2012-2013       Visiting Assistant Professor,  Department of History, Northwestern University

 2010-2012       Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Northwestern University

 Education                                                                                                   

 2010                Ph.D.   History, University of Chicago.

Dissertation:  “Peace by Institutions: The Rise of Political Parties and the Making of the Modern Mexican State, 1920-1928”

 2004                M.A.  Latin American Studies, University of Chicago.

Thesis:          “‘Beautifying the Revolution’: The Origins and the Significance of   Women’s Suffrage in Chiapas, Mexico, 1920-27”

 2000                B.A.  Latin American Studies and International Relations, Brown University.

 Grants and Fellowships                                                                              

2019-2020 Humanities Center Fellowship, the University of Vermont

2009-2010                   Doris G. Quinn Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship

2009                            University of Chicago Doolittle-Harrison Travel Fellowship

2009                            Latin American Studies Association Conference Travel Grant

2008                            University of Chicago Doolittle-Harrison Travel Fellowship

2008                            Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Latin American Research Travel Grant

2008                            University of Chicago Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship

2006-2007                   Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

2005-6, 2007-9             Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latin American History

2005 and 2006            University of Chicago Latin American Studies Field Research Grant

2005                            University of Chicago Kunstadter Travel Research Grant

2005                            Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Latin American Research Travel Grant

2004                            Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

Book                                                                                                           

 The Mexican Revolution's Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920–1929. Cambridge Latin American Studies. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Honorable Mention, 2019 Social Science Book Award, from the Mexico section of the Latin American Studies Association.

 Articles and Book Chapters                                                                                

2019: “Mexico’s Political Laboratory: The Revolutionary and Postrevolutionary Southeast,” chapter in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture, Oxford University Press, January 2019. Also published in 2016 online in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.

2014:  “A Crooked Path to the Franchise: Women’s Suffrage and the Legislation of Citizenship in Post-revolutionary Mexico, 1925-1937.” The Latin Americanist, June 2014, Volume 58, Issue 2, 97-117.

2013: “Trials By Fire: National Political Lessons From Failed State Elections in Post- revolutionary Mexico, 1920-5.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Winter 2013 (February), Volume 29, Number 1, 238-279.

2010: “Vida y muerte del general Carlos A. Vidal: Significado e interpretación regional y nacional, 1915-1927,” chapter in an edited volume entitled La revolución mexicana en Chiapas un siglo después  (PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM, 2010), 395-428.

2007: “The Implications and Legacies of Chiapas’ 1925 Women’s Suffrage Decree,” Pueblos y Fronteras (PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM), 2007, Núm. 3 (online). 

Book Reviews                                                                                              

2018: Review of Amelia Kiddle, Mexico’s Relations with Latin America During the Cárdenas Era, for the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR)

2012: Review of Aaron W. Navarro, Political Intelligence and the Creation of Modern Mexico, 1938-1954, in The Historian. Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 2012.

 Courses Taught                                                                                          

 Introductory/survey:

Colonial Latin America

Modern Latin America

Intermediate:

 History of Drugs in Latin America

Latin American Populism

            Latin American Indigenous History

            Modern Mexico

            Women and Revolutions in Latin America

Seminar/advanced/graduate:

            Latin America: History and Memory (taught as both an advanced undergraduate and a graduate seminar)

Latin American Authoritarianism (first year Honors College seminar)

Latin American Revolutions (first year Teaching and Advising Program (TAP) seminar)

 Conference Panels Chaired and Organized                                                 

(2019): Panel Co-organizer and Chair: "Violence, Dissidence and Resistance in Postrevolutionary Mexico," Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Boston, MA, May 24, 2019.

2013: Panel Organizer and Chair: “The Once and Future Party?: The Long Career of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (1929-2013).” Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Washington DC, May 30, 2013.

2012: Panel Organizer: “Mexico in the 1920s: New Historical and Historiographical Perspectives.” Annual meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, January 6, 2012.

Conference Papers and Other Presentations                                             

(2019): “Violence, Memory and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1926-1940,” to be presented at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Boston MA, May 24, 2019.

(2019):  “The Mexican Revolution’s Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920-1929.” Talk to be given at the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, May 14, 2019.

2019: “Reasonable and Unreasonable Fears: The Central American Migrant Exodus in Historical Perspective.” Address given at the UVM Phi Alpha Theta ceremony, Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter, Burlington VT, April 15, 2019.

 2019: “Credible Fear: A Panel Discussion on Work with Asylum Seekers in Dilley, Texas.” Invited presentation at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Providence RI, January 25, 2019.

2019: “Out of the Shadows: Mexico’s Reckoning with State-led Violence in the Recent Past, 1927-40.” presented at the Conference on Latin American History, Chicago IL, January 3-6, 2019.

2018:  “An Iron Fist in a Red Glove: Socialism and Authoritarianism in Postrevolutionary Mexico.” Presented at the conference of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Montreal, May 17, 2018.

 2018: “A Nation of Parties.” Invited book presentation/student meeting, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, February 16, 2018.

2017: “Political Violence and State Consolidation in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1927-40.” Presented at the Social Science History Association Conference, Montreal, November 3, 2017.

2017: Discussant: “Images in Mexico and Abroad of Plutarco Elias Calles.” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, April 5-7, 2017.

2014: Discussant: “Party Formation in Latin America: Opposition, Mass, and Authoritarian Parties in Comparative and Historical Perspective.”  Social Science History Association Conference, Toronto, November 7, 2014.

2014: “Los significados de la reinvestigación oficial de la matanza de Huitzilac, 1935-1939.” Presented at the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México, Chicago, September 19, 2014.

2013: “A Surfeit of Heroes: Political Violence and the Foundations of the Modern Mexican Political System, 1920-1929.” Presented at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Washington DC, May 30, 2013.

2012: “Traitors, Dreamers and Statesmen: Military Rebellions and the Shaping of the Post-Revolutionary Mexican State, 1920-1929,” Talk given at Northwestern University, Buffett Center Faculty and Fellows Colloquium, April 27, 2012.

2012: “Before There was One: Early Post-revolutionary Political Parties in Mexico, 1920-1929,” presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, January 6, 2012.

2011: “A Brief History of Mexico and Thoughts on Teaching Modern Mexican History.”  Invited lecture at the social science department retreat of Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Evanston IL, November 18, 2011.

2011: “Which Mexican Revolution Was Institutionalized? A Reexamination of the Origins of Mexico’s Party of the State,” presented at Northwestern University, Latin American Graduate Students Group, November 4, 2011.

2010 : “Peace by Institutions: The Rise of Political Parties and the Making of the Modern Mexican State, 1920-1928,” Northwestern University, Latin American Studies Center Colloquium, November 4, 2010

2009: “Callismo in Chiapas, 1920-1927: Mexico’s Forgotten Revolution,” presented at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 12, 2009.

2009: “The Disappearance and Reappearance of Powers: Federal Responses to the Chiapas Electoral Crisis of 1924-5,” presented at the Latin American History Workshop, University of Chicago, February 19, 2009.

2008: “Los Significados Regionales y Nacionales de la Vida y Muerte del General Carlos A. Vidal, 1915-1927,” presented at the annual Encuentro Pueblos y Fronteras of PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM, San Cristóbal de LC, Chiapas, Mexico, June 13, 2008.

2008: “Chiapas’ Forgotten Revolutionary: The Early Career of General Carlos A. Vidal, 1913-1920,” Presented at the Latin American History Workshop, University of Chicago, May 22, 2008.

2008:  “State Level Women’s Suffrage Measures in Southeastern Mexico, 1920-1925,”  presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington,  D.C., January 4, 2008.

2007:  “‘Para Embellecer la Revolución’: Los Orígenes y los Significados del Sufragio Femenil en Chiapas, 1920-1927,” presented at PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, May 7, 2007.

2007: “Callismo and the Radicalism of Southeastern Mexico, 1920-1929,” presented at the Fulbright/COMEXUS 2007 Midyear Conference, Mexico City, March 2, 2007.

2006:  “Callismo and the Radicalism of Southeastern Mexico, 1920-1929,” presented at the Mellon Foundation Latin American History Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 27, 2006.

2006: “‘Beautifying the Revolution’: The Origins and the Significance of Women’s Suffrage in Chiapas, Mexico, 1920-27, ”presented at the Latin American Studies Master’s Student Conference, University of Chicago, February 11, 2006.

Professional Experience                                                                              

 2002-2003       The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Boston, MA

Organizational Outreach Coordinator and Office Manager

2000-2002       Harvard University, Center for European Studies, Cambridge, MA

Assistant to the Librarian & Staff Assistant                                  

Professional Affiliations                                                                           

 American Historical Association (AHA)

Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Social Science History Association (SSHA)

Languages                                                                                                   

English (native)

Spanish (fluent: reading, writing, speaking)