Alexandra Puerto

Associate Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Puerto teaches courses on modern Latin America, Latin American-U.S. relations, and environmental history.


  • Office: Swan Hall
  • Email: apuerto@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2755
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 Wednesday, 1:00-2:30

Education: B.B.A., New School for Social Research; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., UC Davis

She specializes in the cultural history of 20th-century Mexican foreign relations and Yucatan history. Her interests include race and ethnicity, critical science studies, and environmental studies.

Puerto is working on a book tentatively titled Measuring the Maya: Race, Science and the Idea of the Indian in Inter-War Yucatán. It examines the Carnegie Institution's Program on Maya Research. The study addresses why the Maya became a popular object of scientific scrutiny among U.S. biologists and anthropologists and argues that researchers used the Maya to define or question changing notions of ethnic identity and cultural progress in the 1920s-40s.