Claire Perrott is an assistant professor of Latin American history in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2020 and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Lake Forest College in 2012.
Her research examines the cultural and environmental history of Latin America with a focus on nationalism and national identity. Her current project traces the history of the Mexican volcano Parícutin, a volcano that emerged out of nowhere in 1943. In addition to her current research, Dr. Perrott is interested in public and digital history, especially in audiovisual format. She has worked with the PBS program, In the Americas with David Yetman, as an audio engineer, associate producer, and editor. She also collaborates with a non-profit digital history project, The ONWARD Project. Her experience, both as a researcher and as a producer of visual culture, have shaped how Dr. Perrott studies historical events and how she thinks about the communication of historical knowledge.