Vanessa Freije

Assistant Professor
Vanessa Freije



Vanessa Freije is an Assistant Professor of International Studies. In 2015-2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the inaugural class of the Dartmouth College Society of Fellows. Her research and teaching focus on the history of Mexico, the history of intra-American relations, the politics of knowledge production, and the role of journalists in development. Her book, Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico, was published in October 2020 with Duke University Press. The book examines how media scandals shaped social imaginaries and forged new modes of political engagement from the 1960s through the 1980s. This book project builds upon her dissertation, which was awarded the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on Mexico in the social sciences and humanities and the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, awarded by the American Journalism Historians Association for the best dissertation dealing with mass communication history. Freije’s research has been supported by the Fulbright-García Robles and the U.S.-Mexican Studies Center at the University of California San Diego, among others.



  • Duke University, Ph.D., History, 2015

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