Dr. Zachary Brittsan specializes in the history of modern Mexico, particularly rural rebellion and politics between 1855 and 1876. His dissertation, "In Faith or Fear: Fighting with Lozada," focuses on the career of a mestizo bandit, Manuel Lozada, pursuing an understanding of peasant cultures through exploration of regional conceptualizations of community and questioning the liberal values with which they are sometimes associated. Brittsan also analyzes agrarian disputes, regional mafias and Mexico's public sphere as they relate to rebellion.
Brittsan earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego (2010), an M.A. at the University of California, San Diego (2006), and a B.A. at Willamette University (1999). He worked in the field of study abroad prior to entering graduate school, encouraging students to immerse themselves in foreign educational environments. He brings to Texas Tech a strong desire to promote student interest in Mexico and Latin America.
Brittsan is currently revising his dissertation for publication. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Mexico in addition to surveys of Latin America and world civilizations.