Christy Thornton

Christy Thornton

I am a PhD Candidate at NYU, focusing on Latin American history and the history of the U.S. in the world. My interests include the history of development, international institutions, and multilateral finance, as well as labor history, the history of women and gender, and critical social theory. I am particularly interested in the influences of Latin America on the modes of and mechanisms for the projection of U.S. power in the world.

Before coming to NYU, I was for five years the Executive Director of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), a 45-year old research and advocacy organization working on Latin American affairs and the U.S. relationship with the region, and I am currently a member of the Board of Directors there. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, as well as a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

In addition to my scholarly work, I make frequent media appearances and write for popular publications such as the New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” Al Jazeera America, The Nation, and Jacobin. I am also a co-host on the WBAI Morning Show on 99.5FM in New York.

Research Description
My dissertation, currently titled “Sovereignty and Solidarity: The Mexican Revolution and the Origins of the Postwar Order, 1919-1948,” focuses on Mexican internationalism in the Revolutionary period, examining its influence on international agreements, laws, and institutions. My work argues that as a counterpart to Mexican revolutionary nationalism, Mexican internationalist projects in the first half of the twentieth century played an important role in Mexican state formation, the formation of multilateral institutions, and in establishing the idea of economic development, and the right of the smaller nations to pursue it, as an international project.

I am also a co-organizer of the conference American (Inter)Dependencies: New Perspectives on Capitalism and Empire, 1898-1959. The conference brought together scholars of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean to explore the multidirectional processes, reciprocal impacts, and global dimensions of inter-American economic relations. More information can be found here.

Dissertation Committee
Greg Grandin (chair), Barbara Weinstein, Gilbert Joseph

Fellowships and Awards