About

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Image shown at the Fulbright Alumni Exhibit, Washington, DC, 2014. Protests after the presidential election of Enrique Peña-Nieto in 2012.

Jennifer is a historian of Latin American History and an assistant editor for the journal Diplomatic History at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her primary interests are modern Mexican history, Latino history, cultural politics, oral history, film studies, and video production. She is fascinated by the connections between historical change, identity and everyday life, particularly how individuals understand and narrate their lives. As a visual historian, she combines 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.  Her current project, which has a written and documentary film component, focuses on youth counterculture, gender, politics and identity in JenBoles-002Mexico in the late-1960s and early 1970s through the lens of a democratizing super-8 film movement. She 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, please contact me at the following address: jlboles@indiana.edu.