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Harvard University (1995). She is the author of Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum
American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Cause for Alarm: The Volun-
teer Fire Department in the Nineteenth Century City (Princeton University Press, 1998).
Professor Greenberg is currently at work on a history of the U.S.-Mexico War, titled War
for Empire: The 1846 U.S.-Mexico War and the Transformation of America.
Josiah McC. Heyman is a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, El Paso,
where he also serves as chair of his department. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology
from the City University of New York (1988). His book Life and Labor on the Border:
Working People of Northeastern Sonora, Mexico, 1886–1986 (University of Arizona Press,
1991) is a landmark account of the impact of consumer capitalism on the people of
Sonora, Mexico.
Sarah Hill is an assistant professor of anthropology and environmental studies at West-
ern Michigan University. Since receiving a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Johns
Hopkins University (2001), she has been writing about the culture of waste along the
U.S.-Mexico border during the past one hundred years. In March of 2006, Professor
Hill cofounded a university–community partnership, Bronco Biodiesel, to power pub-
lic fleets with diesel fuel made from used cooking oil. Among Professor Hill’s publica-
tions is an essay titled ‘‘Metaphoric Enrichment and Material Poverty: The Making of
Colonias,’’ in a volume edited by Pablo Vila, Ethnography at the Border (University of
Minnesota Press, 2003).
Alexis McCrossen is an associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University,
where she has been on the faculty since receiving a Ph.D. in the history of American
civilization at Harvard University (1995). The recipient of several awards, including a
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship supporting her work on the mate-
rial culture and political economy of timekeeping in the United States, she has pub-
lished on the history of Sunday in the United States, timekeeping in U.S. cities, and
other aspects of U.S. culture and society.
Robert Perez is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California,
Riverside, where he also received a Ph.D. in history (2003). He has held a number of
prestigious fellowships supporting his study of the historical experiences of the aborigi-
nal peoples of the vast region comprised of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,
Sonora, and Chihuahua. Professor Perez seeks in his publications to draw historical
connections between precolonial aboriginal societies, colonialism, and the modern
situation.
Laura Isabel Serna is an assistant professor of history at Florida State University. After
receiving a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University
(2006), she held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University’s Humanities
Research Center, where she revised her dissertation (winner of the American Studies
Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize in 2006 and the Society for Cinema and Media
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