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Lisa Covert

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank 214
Office Hours: W 1-2:50 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 programs. Dr. Covert is currently working on a book manuscript about the intersections of economic development and national identity formation in the Mexican town San Miguel de Allende during the twentieth century.


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


In Progress: Defining a Place, Defining a Nation: San Miguel de Allende through Mexican and Foreign Eyes, book-length manuscript

“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