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Lisa Covert

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank 214
Office Hours: WF 1:30-2:30 or by appointment

Lisa Covert earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2010. She specializes in Latin American history and is an affiliate of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Urban Studies, and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World programsDr. Covert's book, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, examines how a once small, quiet Mexican town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of Mexico's largest foreign populations. The study explores the intersections of economic development strategies and national identity formation, revealing new insights into how towns and cities grappled with change in the twentieth century. Dr. Covert is currently working on a comparative study of the politics of cultural patrimony in Mexico, Peru, and Argentina.


Ph.D., Yale University, 2010

M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2006

M.A., History, Yale Univeristy, 2006

B.A., History, California State University, Long Beach, 2003

Research Interests

Latin American History, Mexican History, U.S.-Latin American relations, Cold War, Tourism, Public History

Courses Taught

Latin America since Independence
History and Memory
Latin America's Dirty Wars
Mexican History
Latin American Cities in Historical Perspective

Honors and Awards

Leylan Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2008-2009
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship in Latin American History, 2006-2007
Myrna F. Bernath Dissertation Fellowship, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2007


San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, The Mexican Experience Series, University of Nebraska Press, 2017:,677394.aspx

“The GI Bill Abroad: A Postwar Experiment in Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History, January 2015, doi: 10.1093/dh/dhu074:

"The Political Economy of Mexico's Independence Heroes: Sellling Public History in San Miguel de Allende," The Latin Americanist, Vol. 54, No. 4, December 2010 

"Colonial Outpost to Artists' Mecca: Conflict and Collaboration in the Development of San Miguel de Allende's Tourist Industry" in Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters. Edited by Dina Berger and Andrew G. Wood, Duke University Press, 2010