Michael Alarid

Assistant Professor

WRI-A 316


Dr. Michael J. Alarid earned his B.A. in History from the University of Oregon, his M.A. in American Studies from University of Dallas, and his Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He is a scholar of the Latino experience in the Southwest, and he employs social science methodologies to examine the colonization of New Mexico through the theoretical frameworks of Borderlands History. Specifically, Dr. Alarid employs both quantitative and qualitative analyses in his methodological approach to the study of history; he utilizes these methods to illuminate trends in violence, resistance, and social accommodation among Hispanos and the Pueblo Peoples in New Mexico Territory. His article, “They Came From the East: Importing Homicide, Violence, and Misconceptions of Soft Justice into Early Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1847-53,” was published in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology, a compilation of articles commemorating the 400 year anniversary of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Alarid is currently working on his book manuscript, entitled Hispano Bastion: New Mexican Power in the Southwest, 1837-1863. Therein he examines the colonization of New Mexico at the intersection between race and class; the dynamics of crime in New Mexico during both the Mexican and American periods; and the regional sociopolitical power structures that endured during the American colonization of New Mexico.

Expert Areas

  • Borderlands History
  • Early America
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Military History