Tenure-Track Faculty

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Isaac Peter Campos-Costero

Associate Professor , A&S History

320D McMicken Hall


Professor Campos teaches Latin American history. His main expertise is in modern Mexico and the history of illicit drugs. He is generally fascinated by the history of ideas, culture, and transnational phenomena. These interests are reflected in his book, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012), which examines the development of marijuana's reputation for causing madness and violence in Mexico from the sixteenth century down to its nationwide prohibition in 1920. In the process, the book chronicles the development of prohibitionist approaches to drug use in Mexico and the origins of drug-war policies in that country. It also demonstrates how Mexican ideas of "reefer madness" deeply influenced how people came to understand this drug in the United States. He is currently at work on a history of illicit drugs in Mexico and greater North America between 1912 and 1940. Professor Campos has also worked for the National Security Archive where he did research on Mexico’s “dirty war” of the 1970s, Cuban-Mexican relations, and the War on Drugs since 1969. He teaches a variety of classes, from introductory surveys to graduate seminars.

Ph.D., Harvard University 2006

A.B., University of Michigan 1995

Research Support

Grant: #URC Mid- and Late-Career Faculty Research Program Awards AY2014-15 Investigators:Campos-Costero, Isaac 05-01-2015 -04-30-2016 UC's University Research Council Narco-dynamics and the Evolution of Mexico's War on Drugs Role:PI $12,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Abbreviated Publications
Other Publication

          "In Search of Real Reform: Lessons from Mexico's Long History of Drug Prohibition," NACLA Report on the Americas 44, no. 3 (2011): 14-18
“Mexico’s Illegal-Reefer Madness,” Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2009
“¡La Gente Manda!”, Nueva Época, no. 630–631 (2003): 32–40

Peer Reviewed Publications

Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs  (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
“Toward a New Drug History of Latin America: A Research Frontier at the Center of Debates,” (with Paul Gootenberg), Hispanic American Historical Review, 95, no. 1 (Feb. 2015): 1-35.

“Degeneration and the Origins of the War on Drugs,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 26, no. 2 (2010): 379-408

Honors and Awards

"Best Book" Prize, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 2013

"Honorable Mention," Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association, 2013 http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/awards/brycewood_history.asp

Courses Taught

Other Information

Twitter: @isaac_campos,

Preferred Information

Associate Professor, Campos, Isaac Ph.D.

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Wayne K Durrill

Professor , A&S History

355 McMicken Hall


Prof. Durrill’s principal publications in American history include War of Another Kind: A Southern Community in the Great Rebellion (Oxford University Press, 1990), plus several articles on nineteenth century American social history in Nineteenth Century American History (2008), Journal of Social History (2006, 2002), Journal of Southern History (2004, 1999), Slavery and Abolition (1995, 1992), Prologue (1988), and the Journal of American History (1985). From 2000 to 2005, he also co-edited with Christopher Phillips the journal Ohio Valley History, a collaboration among the Cincinnati Museum Center, Filson Historical Society in Louisville, and UC. Prof. Durrill has also published two articles on nineteenth century African history in the Journal of African History ( 2000) and the American Historical Review (1986). In 1996, he was a Fulbright professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research has been supported by fellowships and major grants from the Taft Memorial Fund at UC (2008, 1995), the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2006), the Spencer Foundation (1997, 1992), the Fulbright Board (1995) the National Academy of Education (1993), the American Council of Learned Societies (1990), and the Smithsonian Institution (1986). In 1997, Prof. Durrill received a University Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. And in 1984, he received the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historicans for his article "Producing Poverty: Local Government and Economic Development in a New South County, 1874-1884," which was published in the Journal of American History. Prof. Durrill has recently completed a book manuscript titled: "Nat Turner and the Great Slave Conspiracy of 1831."

Ph.D., University of North Carolina 1987

B.A., Northwestern University 1975

Abbreviated Publications
Peer Reviewed Publications

"Becoming Rafinesque: Market Society and Academic Reputation in the Early American Republic."" Nineteenth Century American History 9 (2008): 123-40.

"Ritual, Community and War: Local Flag Presentation Ceremonies and Disunity in the Early Confederacy."" Journal of Social History 38 (2006): 146-64.

"Political Legitimacy and Local Courts: Politics at Such a Rage in a Southern Community during Reconstruction."" Journal of Southern History 70 (2004): 577-602.

"A Tale of Two Courthouses: Civic Space, Political Power, and Capitalist Development in a New South Community, 1843-1940."" Journal of Social History 35 (2002): 657-81.

"Shaping a Settler Elite: Students, Competition, and Leadership at South African College, 1829-1895."" Journal of African History 41 (2000): 221-39.

"The Power of Ancient Words: Classical Teaching and Social Change at South Carolina College, 1801-1860."" Journal of Southern History 65 (1999): 469-98.

"New Schooling for a New South: A Community Study of Education and Social Change, 1875-1885."" Journal of Social History 31 (1997): 156-81.

"Routine of Seasons: Labour Regimes and Social Ritual in an Antebellum Plantation Community."" Slavery & Abolition 16 (1995): 161-87.

"Slavery, Kinship, and Dominance: The Black Community at Somerset Plantation, 1786-1860."" Slavery & Abolition 13 (1992): 1-19.

"Atrocious Misery: The African Origins of Famine in Northern Somalia, 1839-1884."" American Historical Review 91 (1986): 287-306.

"Producing Poverty: Local Government and Economic Development in a New South County, 1874-1884."" Journal of American History 71 (1985): 764-81.

"Nat Turner and Signs of the Apocalypse," in Sullivan and Hampton, eds., Varieties of Southern Religious Experience (Columbia, S.C., 2015), pp. 77-93.

Research and Practice Interests

Currently working on one book project:
"Cake Walk: An Episode in Race and Cultural Appropriation in America, 1870-1920"

Courses Taught

Preferred Information

Professor, Durrill, Wayne

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Elizabeth B. Frierson

Associate Professor , A&S History

340A McMicken Hall


Professor Frierson came to the study of the Middle East and North Africa after beginning to see the wide gap between reality in the Middle East and U.S. perceptions of the region in the early 1980's. She took her B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Vermont and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She has published several articles on late-Ottoman politics and society, co-edited with Camron Amin and Benjamin C. Fortna The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History (Oxford University Press), and is finishing a manuscript entitled Patriarchal Feminism for Syracuse University Press. She has received several fellowships and awards for research, development of teaching materials, and acquisition of library materials for UC, including from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, and has been an invited speaker and workshop participant in the U.S., Turkey, Israel, and Europe, as well as a visiting fellow at Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Hacettepe University (Ankara), Cornell University, UCSB, Princeton University. Her Ph.D. students have been Carole Woodall and Lerna Ekmekcioglu of NYU, Julia Phillips Cohen of Stanford, Ufuk Adak and Ali el-Tarhuni at the University of Cincinnati, and Harry Bastermajian of the University of Chicago.  She has served on fellowship committees for the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served for two years as a mentor to the Mellon-funded Minority Access to Research Careers summer program at Princeton.  She speaks frequently to community groups and the media about the history of the Middle East and North Africa, and current events. Her current research focuses on refugee management in WWI, and the changes in science, personnel, and practices of pharmacology in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the Middle East.