Azucena Garza

 I hold a licenciatura in International Relations from El Colegio de México. I joined the RLL Department at the University of Chicago in 2022. My first book, Colonia Cuauhtémoc: Vida cotidiana de una colonia obrera en Monterrey, 1957-2020 (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2022) explores the lives, feelings and beliefs of a working-class people under company paternalism. Through interviews, fieldwork, and archival work, Colonia Cuauhtémoc traces social and cultural change in twentieth- and twenty-first century industrial Monterrey. 

My current research covers twentieth-century Latin American literature with a focus on Mexico. I am interested in the fictional representation of social movements and rural spaces in Latin America. I am also interested in the influence of oral tradition on literary style, the history of literacy, and the problem of canon formation.