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About Anna R. Alexander

Anna Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Latin American history in the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. in History (2012) and M.A. in Latin American Studies (2008) from the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching interests include environmental and urban history, as well as the history of science, technology, and medicine. Her first book-length monograph examines the social experience of urban fire during the second half of the nineteenth century in Mexico City. An accelerated pattern of urbanization, industrialization, and fossil fuel use resulted in more frequent and intense fires during this period. Her interest in studying natural disasters has led her to a second project about the 1984 petroleum fire in San Juanico, a predominantly indigenous slum of Mexico City. The fire, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in world history, killed 500-600 people. This project uses the San Juanico disaster as a way to discuss how a highly unequal society in the grips of severe austerity ignored residents’ pleas for environmental justice and equitable distribution of safety.


2014 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University History, Department of

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • The Adrian Bantjes Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Park City, UT (March 31, 2012)
  • Graduate Fellow Award, Oaxaca Summer Institute XII in Oaxaca, Mexico (2010)
  • Graduate Award, Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute Summer Research Grant Development Workshop, University of Arizona (2010)
  • Environmental History Graduate Student Travel Award, Department of History, University of Arizona (2010)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Award, University of Arizona (2010)
  • John P. Rockfellow Graduate Award, Department of History, University of Arizona (2010)
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Department of History, University of Arizona (2009)


  • Modern Mexican History (HIST 3030)
  • Global Environmental History (HIST 4635)
  • Modern Latin America (HIST 3538)
  • Colonial Latin America (HIST 3537)

Contact Information

PO Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-4478
Office: Forest Dr 1123


Peer-Reviewed Articles (2)

Book Reviews (2)

Invited Scholarly Presentations (7)

Conference Activity (11)