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Kathryn Ann Sloan

Kathryn Ann Sloan

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Professor of Latin American History

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

Phone: 479-575-5887

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Kathryn Sloan (PhD Kansas, 2002) is a Latin Americanist who specializes in the social and gender history of modern Mexico.  Sloan recently completed her third book,  a social and cultural study of suicide in modern Mexico entitled Death in the City: Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico (University of California Press, 2017). Marshaling suicide inquests, goodbye letters, testimonies, newspaper reporting, illustrated broadsides, medical studies, and forensic reports, Sloan argues that suicide was a touchstone for public discourse about the consequences of modernity and changing gender roles in Mexican society. A core member of the Latin American and Latino Studies and Gender Studies programs, Sloan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the social and cultural history of Latin America.

  • social and cultural history of Latin America
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • modern Mexican history
  • history of youth and family
  • modern Mexico
  • gender history
  • social history of Latin America
  • animals in world history
  • INST 3503 Issues in the Global South
  • HIST 3213 Modern Latin America
  • HIST 3073 Women & Gender in Latin American History
  • HIST 3923H Rebellion & Revolution in Mexico
  • HIST 4783 Modern Mexico
  • HIST 5313 Readings in Latin American Social HIstory
  • LAST 4003 Latin American Women


Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Kansas

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Kansas,

M.B.A., University of Kansas

B.A., Psychology, Kansas State University


Death in the City: Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Women's Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2011.

Runaway Daughters: Seduction, Elopement, and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

Articles and Chapters:

"Death and the City: Female Public Suicide and Meaningful Space in Modern Mexico City," Journal of Urban History, 42, no. 2 (2016): 396-418.

“Runaway Daughters: Women’s Masculine Roles in Elopement Cases in Nineteenth Century Mexico” in Anne Rubenstein and Victor Macias González, eds. Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012).

"The Mexican Penal Code of 1871: From religious to civil control of everyday life," in Companion to Mexican History, ed. William Beezley. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

"Defiant Daughters and the Emancipation of Minors in 19th-Century Mexico," in Girlhood: A Global Anthology, eds. Jennifer Helgren and Colleen A. Vasconcellos. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

"Disobedient Daughters and the Liberal State: Generational Conflicts over Marriage Choice in Working Class Families in 19th-Century Oaxaca, Mexico," The Americas 63, no. 4 (April 2007): 615-648.

  • Reviewer, Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships and Seminars Abroad
  • Reviewer, U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Centers in Latin American Studies
  • Fellow, SEC Academic Leadership Development Program 2014-15
  • Executive Committee, Rocky Mtn Council on Latin American Studies
  • Chancellor's Innovation and Collaboration Grant for Arkansas Stories of Place and Belonging, 2018-20
  • Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Scholarly Article in Urban History, Urban History Association, 2016
  • RMCLAS Article Award, Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies, 2016
  • SEC ALDP Fellow, 2014-15
  • Fulbright College Outstanding Advisor Award, 2012
  • John E. King Award for Outstanding Service, 2011
  • Mitch and Barbara Singleton Research Travel Award, 2007
  • Connor Faculty Fellowship, 2006
  • Research Incentive Grant, Fulbright College, 2006
  • Summer Research Stipend, Fulbright College, 2005
  • Visiting Researcher Grant, University of New Mexico Libraries, 2006