Alice Baumgartner is a Ph.D. candidate, focusing on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her dissertation, “Abolition from the South: Mexico and the Road to the U.S. Civil War, 1800-1867,” uses the story of American slaves who escaped to Mexico during the nineteenth century as a lens for understanding Mexico’s rise as an antislavery republic and its overlooked significance to the United States.
Baumgartner received a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her March 2015 article in the Journal of American History, “‘The Line of Positive Safety’: Borders and Boundaries in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1848-1880,” won the Louis Pelzer Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Bolton-Cutter Prize from the Western History Association.
At Yale, Baumgartner has served as the coordinator of the Race and Slavery Working Group, a co-chair of the Andrews Society, a graduate affiliate at Berkeley College, and an ESL tutor at the Yale College Writing Center. In 2016, she was awarded the Yale University Prize Teaching Fellowship for “outstanding performance and promise as a teacher.” Her research, which has taken her to over twenty five archives in Mexico and the United States, has been generously supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Dolph Briscoe Center at the University of Texas-Austin, the Huntington and Beinecke Libraries, and the American Historical Association, among others. For the 2017-18 academic year, she is a fellow at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder.