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Jayson Maurice Porter


Jayson Maurice Porter is a PhD student of Mexican environmental history and the Tropical history science and technology studies, material culture, and race, who focuses on chemical eradication campaigns—against people, plants, and people—in the Mexican states of Guerrero and Sinaloa. His dissertation will analyze pesticide use across military, public health, and agricultural campaigns from 1920 to 1980 to better understand how ecological, political, and social violence intertwined in two of Mexico’s most violent states. As a 2019-2020 recipient of a Fulbright-García Robles fellowship, Jayson will be conducting dissertation research in Mexico City next year.

Baltimore-born, Philadelphia native, reared between Tucson, AZ, and Jackson, MS, Jayson took majors in both of History and Philosophy at Millsaps College, followed by a M.A. in History from the University of Oklahoma where he wrote, “Making the Coast Pacific: Military Road Building, Technological Waves, Political Change, and Armed Struggle in Acapulco and the Guerrero Coast, 1920-1934.”

Since moving to Northwestern, his article, "Plagas, pesticidas, y ciencias agrícolas entre revoluciones," was published by the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (Mexico City's principal presidential archive) as the sole item in their Boletín. A shorter, English-language version is also available on Age of Revolutions online journal.

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