Robert Franco



I am a social and cultural historian of modern Mexico. My current dissertation research explores the politics of gender, sexuality, and the family in the Mexican Left, particularly the Mexican Communist Party (PCM), during the twentieth century. I graduated with a B.A. in History (summa cum laude and departmental honors) from the University of Pennsylvania, where I was a Mellon Mays Fellow and Penn Humanities Forum Fellow. At Duke, I am currently a Dean's Graduate Fellow, and my research has been funded by the Center for the United States and the Cold War at New York University, the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at the University of New Mexico, Duke's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the SSRC-Mellon Mays and Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). My primary advisor is Dr. Jocelyn Olcott.