Elena Jackson Albarran

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234 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-0843
Office Hours (Fall 2021): 
M 11:30-1:00 and T 10:00-11:00 or by appointment


Associate Professor
History; Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies)


PhD, University of Arizona
MA, University of Arizona
BA, Bowdoin College


Dr. Albarrán teaches courses in modern Latin American history, comparative histories of childhood (Latin American, world, and Cold War), Latin American revolutions, popular culture (hybridity and commodification), and visual culture. Albarrán has collaborated with other faculty in the design and development of team-taught courses in History: 1968, The Year that Changed the World (Fall 2014) and Food and Desire in World History (Spring 2016). She was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Educator Award in 2020.


As a scholar, Dr. Albarrán is a cultural historian of twentieth century Mexico and the history of childhood. She is author of the monograph Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism (University of Nebraska Press 2015), and co-editor and contributor to the volume Nuevas miradas a la historia de la infancia en América Latina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 2012). Her research on the intersections of national and transnational youth identities through the Mexican Boy Scouts has been published as a chapter in the anthology Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave MacMillan 2015). Her work on the rhetorical construction of the proletarian child in Mexico as a national ideal was published as a chapter in the collection Mexico in Verse: A History of Music, Rhyme, and Power (University of Arizona Press 2015). She has written historiographical essays on the histories of Mexican childhood the family that appear in A Companion to Mexican History and Culture (Wiley-Blackwell 2011) and Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Mexico (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), respectively.


Albarrán continues to build pedagogical and research partnerships with colleagues from around the world. She is a founding member of the Latin American childhood scholars' network Red de Historiadores de las Infancias de América Latina (REHIAL). Her long-term collaborations with scholars of childhood are reflected in her contributions to the collection Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, and Agents: Approaches to Research in a Global Context (Palgrave MacMillan 2021); the edited volume Infâncias y juventudes no século XX: histórias latino-americanas (Editora Todapalavra, 2018); and the multivalent project Re-Connect/Re-Collect (University of Tampere, Finland, ongoing).

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