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Lisa Covert

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Lisa Covert
Job title
Associate Professor
Academic year
January 2019 – August 2019 (Peru and France)
Discipline
History
Project
International Visions, Local Implications: Cultural Patrimony Policies in Mexico and Peru in the 1970s
Institution
Countries

I am an Associate Professor of History at the College of Charleston, and I am affiliated with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Urban Studies, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Programs. I teach Latin American history with an emphasis on the nineteenth century through the present. My research focuses on economic development, the politics of cultural heritage, urban planning, and tourism in twentieth-century Mexico and Peru. I am working on a book about the aftermath of a 1950 earthquake in Cusco, Peru.

My first Fulbright experience was a Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant in Mexico. The grant allowed me to complete dissertation research, later published as San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site in 2017. My Fulbright enabled the formation of relationships with community members who have invited me back to give several talks over the years. My second Fulbright experience was as a Global Scholar in Peru and France. I did archival research in Lima and Cusco, Peru, and at the UNESCO archives in Paris, France. This research experience played a significant role in the development of my second book project on the 1950 Cusco earthquake and has led to a talk and publication with my host institution.

Ask Me About:

  • Bringing family along on your Fulbright
  • Preparing for archival research abroad
  • Making research contacts before your Fulbright
  • Living in Mexico, Peru, and France
  • Establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with your host institution