Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)
Rankin is a historian and the director of the UT-Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives.
Her research focuses broadly on cultural and policy aspects of Latin American foreign relations. Rankin’s first book examines the uses of propaganda in Mexico in World War II and she is currently writing the history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA)—a U.S. bureau dedicated to Latin American programs during the war. Ranking merged that research with digital humanities by collaborating with UT Dallas ATEC faculty to create an animation showcasing one of the OCIAA’s wartime programs in the coastal province of El Oro, Ecuador.
Rankin worked in the private sector many years ago as a sales and marketing representative for the Latin American region. That experience fueled her interest in Latin American history and she eventually pursued an M.A. at Washington University and a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.
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