Monica Rankin

Associate Professor - Arts And Humanities
 
972-883-2005
JO4916
Tags: HIST IDEA LATS

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History
University of Arizona - 2004
M.A. - Latin American History
Washington University - 1999
M.A. - International Affairs
Washington University - 1998
B.A. - International Studies/Spanish
Missouri State University - 1994

Publications

Review of From Man, One: Indians, Peasants, Borders, and Education in Callista Mexico, 1924-1935 by Andrae M. Marak, The American Historical Review 115, No. 4 (October 2010) 1197-98 2010 - Publication
La Ropa Csmica: Identity and Fashion in 1940s Mexico, in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Volume 28 (2010) pp. 95-111. 2010 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. Review of Mexican Soundings: Essays in Honour of David A. Brading. By Susan Deans-Smith and Eric Van Young (eds.) Estudios Interdisciplinarios de Am¨¦rica Latina y el Caribe. 2009. 2009 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. Mexico, la patria! Modernity, National Unity, and Propaganda during World War II. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. The History of Costa Rica. Greenwood Press (under contract as of November 2008). 2008 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. Review of The Development of Mexico's Tourism Industry: Pyramids by Day, Martinis by Night. By Dina Berger. Journal of Social History Volume 41, No. 3 (Spring 2008). 2008 - Publication
Review of The Latin American Fashion Reader, Regina Root, editor. Journal of Popular Culture Volume 40, No. 1 (February 2007). 2007 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s-1900 (Volume III) New York: Facts on File Library of World History, forthcoming February 2010 (accepted and under contract as of March 2007). 2007 - Publication
Rankin, Monica A. Mexico: Industrialization through Unity. In Latin American during World War II edited by Thomas M. Leonard and John Bratzel, 17-35. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2006. 2006 - Publication
Mexico in World War II, in Latin American and World War II. Thomas M. Leonard and John Bratzel, editors. Rowan & Littlefield (2006). 2006 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX [2007–Present]
University Fellow/Sr. Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX [2006–2007]
Associate Faculty
Collin County Community College, Plano, TX [2005–2005]
Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX [2005–2005]
Adjunct Professor
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ [2001–2001]
Teaching Assistant
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ [1999–2004]

Projects

Mexicanas Go to War: Women and World War II in Mexico
2005–2005 Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (April 2005)
Mexican Democracy in Historical Context
2006–2006 UT Dallas Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Lecture Series (September 2006)
Selling the Peace: Revolution and Industrialization in Mexico's World War II Propaganda
2004–2004 Latin American Studies Association Conference (October 2004)
The Gadsden Purchase and Trends in U.S.-Mexican Relations
2003–2003 University of Arizona Gadsden Purchase Conference (November 2003)
Episodes in Conflict
2006–2006 Region X: TaRGET American History Summer Institute (May 2006; May 2007; May 2008)

Additional Information

Classroom teaching
  • Fall 2009 HUHI 6325 Intro to Latin American Studies
  • Fall 2009 HIST 3399 Modern Latin America
  • Spring 2009 HIST 6340 Women in Latin America
  • Spring 2009 HIST 4359 Cuban Revolution
  • Spring 2009 HIST 1302 US Survey II
  • Spring 2008 HIST 3358 Latin American History
  • Spring 2008 HIST 4359 Mexican Cultural History
  • Spring 2008 HIST 7399 Research in Mexican History & Culture
  • Summer 2008 HUHI 7368 Latin American Popular Culture
  • Fall 2008 HIST 3398 Colonial Latin America
  • Fall 2008 HIST 6340 Colonial Mexico
  • Spring 2007 HIST 3358 Latin American History
  • Spring 2007 HIST 6340 Mexican Revolution
  • Summer 2007 HIST 4359 Latin American History thru Film
  • Fall 2007 HIST 4359 Colonial Latin America
  • Fall 2007 HIST 4359 Modern Mexico
  • Spring 2006 HIST 1302 US Survey II
  • Spring 2006 HIST 3358 Latin American History
  • Spring 2006 HIST 6340 Women in Latin America
  • Summer 2006 HIST 4359 Latin American History thru Film
  • Summer 2006 HUHI 7368 Latin American Popular Culture
  • Fall 2006 HIST 4359 Colonial Latin America
  • Fall 2006 HIST 6340 Latin American History thru the Novel
External funding for original investigations
  • Ramenofsky Fellowship for Doctoral Research, Summer 2003
  • Americas Fellowship, Summer 2003
  • Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship for Mexico, 2001-2002
  • William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation Fellowship for the Oaxaca Summer Institute, 2000
  • University of Arizona Tinker Summer Research Grant, Summer 2000
Personal Statement

Monica Rankin earned her PhD in History with an emphasis in Latin America and Modern Mexico. Her current research focuses on the uses of propaganda in Mexico during World War II. Her manuscript, México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II, is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press (scheduled for publication in late 2009). Dr. Rankin presented findings from the manuscript at numerous academic conferences and is currently revising several journal articles based on that material. 

In addition to the book manuscript, Dr. Rankin completed a manuscript for a 250,000 word encyclopedia on the history and culture of Latin American in the nineteenth century. The encyclopedia will be published through Facts on File Publisher in 2009. Her volume is the third in a four-volume set on the history and culture of Latin America from the pre-Colombian era to the present. The publisher intends to market the encyclopedia series to high school and community college libraries. Dr. Rankin personally wrote at least 200,000 of the 250,000 total word count. The work also includes approximately 400 individual entries, more than 10,000 words of edited primary documents, 65 images, a timeline, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. 

She completed numerous encyclopedia articles in the past year on various topics in U.S.-Latin American relations. Dr. Rankin completed an article manuscript for publication in an interdisciplinary academic journal. In addition to research and publications, Dr. Rankin continues to be involved in a number of outreach activities with the educational community. She presented several lectures and participated in teacher workshops in Dallas area and was invited to present her research at a graduate student colloquium in Mexico. 

News Articles

History Professor Earns Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
When Dr. Monica Rankin, associate professor of history, first traveled to Mexico as a high school student, she was hooked.

Rankin took that interest and transformed it into an award-winning passion. She recently earned the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, along with 79 other faculty members from across the UT System’s 15 institutions.  
History Professor Earns Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
When Dr. Monica Rankin, associate professor of history, first traveled to Mexico as a high school student, she was hooked.

Rankin took that interest and transformed it into an award-winning passion. She recently earned the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, along with 79 other faculty members from across the UT System’s 15 institutions.  
What Can Past Propaganda Tell Us About Today’s Efforts? Researchers Want To Know
University of Texas at Dallas researchers are investigating whether attempts by the U.S. government to gain support from Latin American citizens during World War II can be applied to modern propaganda efforts.

The project will develop novel computational models to analyze text and photos from En Guardia, a magazine created by the U.S. government to encourage support for the U.S. and its allies during the war.

“The underlying theoretical strategies that we’re looking at are not unique to this particular time period or to this particular data set,” said Dr. Monica Rankin, associate professor of history in the School of Arts and Humanities and director of the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives. “We expect we will identify techniques that can be applied anywhere.”

Funding

Mexico, la patria! World War II Propaganda in Mexico
$1,000 - Monica Rankin [2003–2003]
Mexico, la patria! World War II Propaganda in Mexico
$10,000 - Monica Rankin [2002–2002]