Deborah Kanter

Deborah Kanter
Chair and John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History
Latin American History/Latino History

Office: Robinson Hall 212
Phone: 517/629-0399



1993    University of Virginia, Ph.D. in History,
             Dissertation: Hijos del Pueblo: Community
             and Gender in Rural Mexico, the Toluc,
1987    Advanced studies in history and
               anthropology, El Colegio de Michoacan,
               Zamora, Mexico
1987    University of Virginia, M.A. in History, 
              Thesis: Indian Education in Late 
              Colonial   Mexico: Policy and Practice
1984    University of Michigan, B.A. (honors), Phi
              Beta  Kappa, in History and American
              Culture and History
1983   Studies in art history and political economy, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de
             Mexico, Mexico City

Courses Offered

  • Modern Latin American History
  • Slave Societies of the Americas
  • Going North: Latin American Immigration & the United States
  • Latin America-U.S. Relations
  • Contact & Conquest in the Americas
  • Gender and Sexuality in the 'Hispanic' World
  • After the Melting Pot: Issues in 20th-Century U.S. Immigration


  • Book:
    • Hijos del Pueblo: Gender, Family and Community in Rural Mexico, 1730-1850. University of Texas Press, 2009.
  • Chapters in Books (partial):
    • "Mexico: Colonial Period." Handbook of Latin American Studies: No 62 Humanities, University of Texas Press, 2007, pp.113-122.
    • Their Hair was Curly': Afro-Mexicans in Indian Villages Central Mexico 1700-1820." In Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds. Editors Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland. Duke University Press, 2006.
  • Journal Articles (partial):
    • “Faith and Family for Early Mexican Immigrants to Chicago: the Diary of Elidia Barroso,” Diálogo, vol. 16:1 (Spring 2013), pp. 21-34.
    • “Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-77,” U.S. Catholic Historian vol. 301:1 (2012), pp. 35-58.
    • "Native Female Land Tenure and its Decline in Mexico, 1750-1900," Ethnohistory vol. 42:4 (1995), pp. 607-616.
    • "Viudas y vecinos, milpas y magueyes--el impacto del auge de la población en el Valle de Toluca: el caso de Tenango del Valle en el siglo XVIII," Estudios demográficos y urbanos vol. 7:1, pp. 19-33.


Recent Presentations

  • “Faith & Community in Chicago’s Catedral Mexicana.” CEHILA-USA, Austin, February 22-24, 2013.
  • "Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-77," CEHILA-USA, Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame, April 27-29, 2012."Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood, 1947-1977." Newberry Library, Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies, Chicago, December 9, 2011.
  • "Making Mexican Parishes: Ethnic Succession in Chicago Churches, 1947-1977." American Historical Association/American Catholic Historical Association, Chicago, January 5-8, 2012.
  • "Making Mexican Chicago, 1940-70." Chicago Urban History Seminar, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, May 5, 2011.
  • Chair, Panel: Marriage, Infancy, Kin, and Ideology: Case Studies of Power and Gender among the Natives of Mexico and Guatemala. American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, September 30 -- October 4, 2009.


Grants and Fellowships (partial)

  • President's Advisory Committee on Intercultural Affairs Faculty Recognition Award, Albion College, 2012
  • Mark Sheldon Putnam, '41 and Mildred Plate Putnam, '41 Faculty Mentoring Award, Albion College, 2011
  • Hewlett-Mellon Fund for Faculty Development Grant, Albion College, 2001-09, 2012
  • ACM Newberry Library Program in the Humanities, Faculty Fellow, 2000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, 1995-96

Current Research

  • Chicago Católico: The Evolution of Mexican Parishes, 1940-77.