Raquel Escobar

 Raquel Escobar

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Indigenous Politics and Activism
  • Modern U.S. History
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity
  • Modern Latin American History

Research Description

My dissertation examines the “Indian Problem” in the twentieth century as a transnational phenomenon across the Américas. I focus on the hemispheric struggle to reconcile indigeneity and nationalism in the twentieth century by examining the history of the Inter-American Indian Institute (IAII) from the 1930s to the 1960s. Using the IAII as a framework I trace the multi-level attempts to reconcile indigenous bodies into nation states, the creation and maintenance of transnational Native and non-Native political and intellectual networks, as well as examine repeated moments of resistance and dissent.


  • B.A. American Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Doris Quinn Dissertation Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Graduate Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellowship, 2016
  • University of Chicago Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship, 2016
  • Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Fellowship, 2016
  • Tinker Summer Field Research in Latin America Fellowship, Summer 2014
  • INTERSECT Fellowship: Global Indigenous Studies, 2013-2015
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Fellowship, 2012-2013; 2015-2016