Alejandra Dubcovsky

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Assistant Professor
HGS 2690
Field(s) of interest: 
U.S: Early American history; Native American history; Comparative colonial experiences


University of California, Berkeley B.A., 2005 (University Medalist)
Masters in Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, MLIS, 2010

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 2011


Research Interests

Colonial America, especially the American South and Spanish borderlands; History of Amerindians; the History of communication and information


Work in progress

Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Colonial Communication, Networks of Information in the American South from Pre-Contact to 1740 (Harvard University Press), focuses on the acquisition and transmission of news in a pre-postal, pre-printing press colonial world. Dubcovsky’s other publications include: “One Hundred Sixty- One Knots, Two Plates, and One Emperor: Creek Information Networks in the Era of the Yamasee War,” Ethnohistory 59.3 (Summer 2012) (winner of the John H. Hann Award from the Florida Historical Society), and “A Snapshot of the Southeast,” Common-Place, vol. 12, No. 4. July 2012.

Alejandra Dubcovsky’s teaching and research focus on Early America, colonial interactions, and the history of information. She has two future projects. The first is a comparative study of the role of language and interpreters in the colonial world. And the second is a history of the Tuscaroras.

Her awards and fellowships include the Kettner Dissertation Prize from UC Berkeley, George H. Guttridge Prize, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, the Librarians for Tomorrow Grant, and a Research Fellowship for the Study of the Global South.