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Brad H. Wright is a historian of the Americas who specializes in the history of Mexico since the 1960s. He teaches courses in U.S. and World History at CMU. His research interests include urban history, popular political culture, religion, class formation, and social movements. He relies heavily on the tools of oral history, and collaborates with local organizations in Mexico to create public history projects. His book manuscript, tentatively titled "Counternarratives of Doña Lucha: Popular Politics, Democracy, and Community on the Peripheries of Guadalajara, Mexico, 1965-1994," explores Mexico’s late-twentieth-century history by tracing the development of political cultures among the lower-class majorities in cities. Oral histories reveal the roles of neighborhood women and Catholic nuns in galvanizing important urban social movements during the 1970s and 1980s. He underlines the vital role religious thought and practice played in "the political" by looking at Christian base communities and liberationist strains of Catholicism. Upcoming research initiatives include a history of the Rio Santiago in western Mexico, and the Freirian popular education movement in Mexico. A former community organizer in Tennessee and Arkansas, Wright is interested in research, teaching, and public history projects that bridge knowledges, literatures, and scholars across disciplinary and linguistic boundaries, and projects that connect academia and community members.