Sarah K.M. Rodriguez received her B.A. in English and History form Vassar College in 2005 and is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a dissertation tentatively entitled “Children of the Great Mexican Family”: American Immigration to Northern Mexico, 1810-1848 which explores the thousands of Anglo-Americans who immigrated to Mexico during the decades just following its independence from Spain and argues that their attested loyalty to their adopted country and efforts at assimilation were sincere, and that Mexico offered them an attractive alternative to the United States.
While at the Smithsonian she plans on conducting research at the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Libraries and the National Archives as well as working with NMAH's exceptional curatorial staff.