Cris Culton

With background in European history, especially radical intellectual thought and the Spanish Civil War, I am now working on modern Mexico. I have written before on global radical rightist support for Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Still interested in the topics of imperialism, capitalism, and intellectuals, I am now asking the preliminary questions: What is the relationship between rightist and leftist intellectuals and the state in Mexico, roughly from the 1930’s onwards?; How is Mexico’s unique tumultuousness from Calles and Cárdenas onwards reflected in art and propaganda?; And, to what extent does what some scholars have called Mexico’s “peripheral modernity” highlight the impact that imperial-capitalism has had on the meaning of Mexico both in the eyes of its own citizens and abroad. 

Originally from Los Angeles I went to High School in Venice, California. I later studied Spanish at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain, and history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Just before coming to Duke I taught as a long-term substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to spending much of my time inside the library, I enjoy being outdoors. When in Los Angeles, you will likely find me on the beach in Venice.

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