Nicole Mottier

Nicole Mottier

Associate Professor of History

Nicole Mottier, PhD, University of Chicago, teaches and researches various topics in Latin American history. Her courses focus on colonial and modern Latin America, the Mexican and Cuban Revolutions, crime and drug cartels in the Americas, relations between Latin America and the U.S., food and the environment, early world civilizations and prehistory.

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2013
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • BA, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

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Course Sampling

  • Early World Civilizations
  • Latin America

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Latin America
  • Relations between America and Latin America

Biography

Nicole Mottier, PhD, University of Chicago, teaches and researches various topics in Latin American history. Her courses focus on colonial and modern Latin America, the Mexican and Cuban Revolutions, crime and drug cartels in the Americas, relations between Latin America and the U.S., food and the environment, early world civilizations and prehistory. Before coming to Stetson University, she taught at the University of New England in Maine, the University of Chicago and Harold Washington City College of Chicago as a graduate student. She has published on revolutions in Ecuador, the Ciudad Juárez cartel, and peasant debt in twentieth-century Mexico. She is currently interested in food history, and her next book will historicize the relationship between eating habits and environmental change in Mexico from the 15th into the 21st centuries. Her article "The Origins of the Banco Ejidal in Thought and Practice" won the Vernon Carstensen Prize for 2019 from the Agricultural History Society, and her research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Chicago, the University of Oxford and the British Council Overseas Research Student Award Program.

Publications

  • "The Origins of Mexico's Banco Nacional de Crédito Ejidal in Thought and Practice", Agricultural History (American Agricultural History Society, Spring 2019, Volume 93 Number 2), pp. 288-310.
  • "Moneylending in Myth and Practice in Twentieth-century Mexico" Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (University of California Press, September 2018, Vol. 34, No.4) pp. 256-283
  • "Calculating Pragmatism: The High Politics of the Banco Ejidal in Twentieth-century Mexico, 1936-1946" The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History (Cambridge University Press, July 2017, Vol. 74 No. 3) pp. 331-363.
  • "Invented Figures and Imaginary Shrubs: Bank Bureaucrats' Lack of Field Experience in Mexico 1930s-40s" Thomas Luckett et. al. (eds), The Cultural History of Money and Credit, (Lexington, Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) pp. 67-80.
  • "Drug Gangs and Politics in Ciudad Juárez, 1928-1936" Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (University of California Press, Winter 2009, Volume 25, No.1), pp. 19-46.
  • "La Revolución Gloriosa: Subalterns' Steps Toward Political Inclusion in Ecuador" Bicentenario:Revista de Historia de Chile y América, (Centro de Estudios Bicentenario, Spring 2004, Vol.3, No.1) pp.137-162.