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Mary E. Mendoza

by David Price Aug 17, 2020
Mary E. Mendoza

Assistant Professor of History

217 Weaver
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8946


  1. PhD, University of California-Davis
  2. MA, University of California-Davis
  3. MA, American University
  4. BA, Middlebury College


Mary E. Mendoza is a historian of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the environment, and the history of race relations in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Mendoza’s current book project, tentatively titled Unnatural Border: Race and Environment at the U.S.-Mexico Divide, explores the intersections between the natural and built environments along the U.S.-Mexico border. Specifically, she writes about the history of fence construction along the border, the ways that nature has shaped and been shaped by construction, and how fences, though practically powerless to stop the movement of dynamic nature, have become a symbol of a racialized landscape of power, control, and exclusion.