Beckhart Coppinger, Sarah Elizabeth

Field: Latin America; Advisor: Piccato; Year: 2013

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University. Her dissertation explores the history and landscape of drug consumption among youths in Mexico City during the 1960s and 1970s. Her dissertation examines the relationship between class and drug use among youths, focusing particularly on the behaviors and consumption practices of drug use based on different social classes, and to what extent this effected sanitary codes and laws about drug policy. 


Beckhart, Sarah E. “Urban Modernity in Mexico,” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming January 2019.

Beckhart, Sarah E. “The History of the Torre Latinoamericana,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture, December 2018.

Beckhart, Sarah E. “Producing a Progressive City: An Investigation of a Mexico City Tourist Map, 1964.” Columbia Academia Commons May 2015.

Beckhart, Sarah E. “Modernist Sensibility: The Transformation of Space in Mexico City Through the Torre Latinoamericana” The Latin Americanist Vol. 57. No. 1(April 2013): 21-41.  


In addition to her dissertation research, Sarah has taught in Columbia’s history department and Core Curriculum program. Sarah has consulted on various research projects for other Mexican history scholars, such as Jürgen Buchenau and Eric Zolov. Sarah has also consulted for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mexico Institute, as well as the Washington Office on Latin America.