Raquel Escobar

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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