Residency: September 2013 – June 2014
Research Project: Printing Politics: Investigative Journalists, the Public, and Political Change in Mexico, 1965-1988
Research Interests: 20th century Mexican politics, cultural and intellectual history of Mexico City, journalism
Vanessa Freije holds a Ph.D. in history at Duke University. She received her B.A. in history from UC San Diego, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Her dissertation focuses on the political and intellectual history of the rise of muckraking journalism in Mexico City. Her work analyzes both the ways in which new journalistic styles shaped debates about Mexican political change and the role that leaks and scandals played in fomenting dissent within the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Her research has been funded by a Fulbright-García Robles fellowship, as well as by multiple grants from Duke University's Center for International Studies and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.