Diana Schwartz Francisco
Diana Schwartz Francisco For questions related to BA curriculum and requirements and the graduate certificate Office: Pick Hall 121 Office hours: By Appointment Phone: (773)702-0707 Email
Assistant Instructional Professor & LACS Program Adviser

Diana Schwartz Francisco was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from UC San Diego before working for a Mexican non-profit that provided support for youth street workers in Oaxaca.

Earning her MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA and PhD in History from the University of Chicago, she has since been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University (2016-18) and a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Valparaiso University (2018-19). In Chicago, she has taught the Spanish language history course for the Odyssey Project (Proyecto Odisea), a college-credit humanities program for low-income adults.

While at CLAS, her research and teaching continues to focus on the social and political histories of environmental change, Indigenous politics and race in the Western Hemisphere, and the history of social science in the Americas.

Undergraduate students considering Latin American Studies are encouraged to reach out to Schwartz Francisco with inquiries relating to the major and minor programs.

Schedule office hours here.

Recent Research / Recent Publications

"Displacement, Development, and the Creation of a Modern Indígena in the Papaloapan, 1940s–1970s"

In Ariadna Acevedo & Paula López Caballero, eds. Beyond Alterity: Destabilizing the Indigenous Other in Mexico. University of Arizona Press, 2018.

“Indigenous Policy in Twentieth-Century Latin America.” 

Latin American Perspectives 39 (September 2012): 111–116.