Newman, Rachel

Field: Latin America; Advisor: Piccato; Year: 2012

Rachel is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in International & Global History advised by Pablo Piccato. Her area of focus is the Americas, especially Mexico. Her interests include education, migration, youth, and transnationalism in the twentieth century.

Her dissertation is titled “Mexican Students in the United States, Scholarships for Study Abroad, and Mexican State Formation in the Twentieth Century.” Her research has been funded by the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. For more information on her work, please visit

Before joining the Columbia Department of History, Rachel obtained a Master's degree in Regional Studies at El Colegio de Jalisco in Zapopan, Mexico. She revised her Master's thesis as a book, Los niños migrantes entre Michoacán y California, published in 2014.

Rachel is originally from the California Bay Area. She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University (Magna cum Laude).