May 5, 2020
Sarah Osten, who earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010 and an MA in Latin American Studies from CLAS in 2004, is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont. Osten came to campus this spring to present her book, The Mexican Revolution's Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920-1929. The book examines a cluster of groundbreaking political experiments conducted in the Southeast of Mexico in the 1920s, and shows that the Socialist parties of the region re-conceptualized the relationship between Mexican citizens and the state, and pioneered a new style of party-driven mass politics that served as a crucial precedent for the rise of the modern Mexican political system. While Osten was on campus, CLAS MA alumna Jamie Gentry engaged her in a conversation about what led her to an interdisciplinary Latin American Studies program, what she took from it to her PhD program, and her thoughts about careers in academia today.
Host: Natalie Arsenault
Interviewer: Jamie Gentry
Editor: Lindsay Ortega
entreVistas: chats about Latin American politics, culture, and history, featuring faculty, students, and visitors at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.