Dr. Katherine Sarah Massoth



Assistant Professor





Describe your research in about 200 words.

I am a historian of North America, particularly the Southwest, the West, and U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, from the Spanish Colonial Era through the nineteenth century. My interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to research and teaching embraces several themes: gender roles, foodways, domesticity, cultural and ethnic identities, transborder networks, and gender and raced legal systems. My research focuses on the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, specifically the role of women in performing ethnic identity, transborder trade systems, foodways, and cultural networks.


What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?

I often learn about student’s family connections to historical moments, especially their trans-generational trauma and how it affects them as students and community members today.