About

JenBoles-002

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History at Indiana University-Bloomington. My primary interests are modern Mexican history, cultural politics, oral history and video production. I am fascinated by the connections between historical change, identity and everyday life, particularly how individuals understand and narrate their lives. As a visual historian, I combine academic research to the production of film to make deeper connections to historical subjects and make their stories more accessible to broader audiences. This is also a way to take a more creative approach to historical research and knowledge production given the vagaries of the discipline itself.  My current  project, which has a written and documentary film component, focuses on youth counterculture, gender, politics and identity in Mexico in the late-1960s and early 1970s through the lens of a democratizing super-8 film movement and the life, archive, and works of filmmaker Sergio García Michel. I spent two years in Mexico City conducting research and interviews for this project with the support of Fulbright García-Robles and the Social Science Research Council. For more information or to view my CV, please contact me at the following address: jlboles@indiana.edu.