Melanie Huska is a historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Mexico. Her research and teaching interests lie in popular culture, history in the media, historical memory, and the relationship between Mexico’s postrevolutionary state and its culture industries.
These currents intersect in her research project, a book manuscript, “Public Histories in Popular Culture: Teaching Mexican History in the Neoliberal Turn,” which examines debates and controversies over representations of history in telenovelas (soap operas) and comic books produced between 1963 and 1996. Her second project focuses on the history of sex education in Mexico. It examines a broader time period, the 1920s to the 1990s, but draws on her previous work on culture wars, education, and popular culture.
Dr. Huska teaches courses on Latin America, Mexico, popular culture, food, historical memory, the Mexican Revolution, and Latin America and the World.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2013
MA, York University, 2006
B.A., Trent University, 2002