Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of History
Craib's research and teaching interests are eclectic although focused primarily on the modern histories of Mexico and Chile. His first book, Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (Duke, 2004), examined the cartographic routines (exploration, surveying, and mapping) that helped forge the Mexican state in the 19th and 20th centuries. The book is part of a broader interest he has in geography, the history of cartography, and spatial theory more generally. Craib continues to pursue these interests in his teaching and in a short book project on history, geography and obsessions with the 'route' of Cortes by 19th and 20th century writers and travelers.
His current research focuses on the "proceso de los subversivos" in Santiago, Chile in 1920. This persecution of subversives targeted presumed pacifists, anarchists, and members of the IWW, with university students, workers, immigrants, and Peruvian nationals all coming under increased scrutiny in the wake of Chilean mobilizations on the Peruvian border. Craib focuses in particular on the persecution and subsequent death of Jose Domingo Gomez Rojas--a poet and political activist who died in police custody in September, 1920--as well as his comrades (including literary figures such as Manuel Rojas, Jose Santos Gonzalez Vera, Pablo Neruda, and Roberto Meza Fuentes). The project reflects his interests more broadly in the histories of anarchism and literature.
As well as introductory survey courses on colonial and modern Latin America, Craib teaches courses on historical geography, the history of anarchism, and a service learning course on migrant farm workers (mostly from Guatemala and Mexico) in upstate New York.