Exploring historical issues with contemporary relevance and ideas about teaching, academia, and alt-ac.
Author: Claire Perrott
Claire Perrott is an assistant professor of Latin American history at Marian University in Indianapolis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2020 and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Lake Forest College in 2012. Her research examines the cultural and environmental history of Latin America with a focus on nationalism and national identity. Her current bok project traces the history of the Mexican volcano Parícutin, a volcano that emerged out of nowhere in 1943. In addition to her current research, Dr. Perrott is interested in public and digital history, especially in audiovisual format. Her experience, both as a researcher and as a producer of visual culture, have shaped how Dr. Perrott studies historical events and how she thinks about the communication of historical knowledge.
This course explores natural disasters across North and South America. It focuses on student-driven learning through assignments like show-and-tell about a primary source. The course asks questions like what isn’t natural about a natural disaster.