"No me saltó el corazón, ni me asusté, ni me dio curiosidad; por eso corrí. Los encontré uno al lado del otro. ... Tenían los ojos abiertos, muy azules, empañados, parecía como si hubieran llorado. No les pude preguntar nada, les conté los balazos, volteé la cabeza de Zequiel, le limpié la tierra del lado derecho de su cara, me conmoví un poquito y me dije dentro de mi corazón tres y muchas veces: “Pobrecitos, pobrecitos”. La sangre se había helado, la junté y se la metí en la bolsa de su saco azul de borlón."

Nellie Campobello, Cartucho

Cartucho is my favorite literary text of the Mexican Revolution, no me canso de leerlo una y otra vez, because you can always find another layer of meaning in the few, poetically measured words used to describe the trauma, dignity, and brutality of the Mexican Revolution. My research interests in Mexican literature and culture are vast, from popular culture to state narratives, corridos, rock urbano, cumbia, photography, and novels, Mexico City, Morelos, the North, and the South. As scholar of war, my research has focused primarily on the Mexican Revolution, the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, and the drug war, as well as representations of outlaws, from pirates and bandits to peasant insurgents. Two of my favorite villista corridos are the humorous "La persecución de Villa" and the tragic "El tordillo." My first book, Modernity at Gunpoint, which analyzes the meaning of firearms in Mexican an Central American cultural production, won the 2019 Award for the Best Book in the Humanities of the LASA Mexico section.