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Mary E. Mendoza

Division of Home and Community Life/Division of Work and Industry

Mary E. Mendoza is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California-Davis who focuses on environmental and borderlands history.

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While at the Smithsonian, Mary is researching for her dissertation which examines the relationship between border fences and the natural environment along the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the course of the twentieth century,the U.S.-Mexico border transformed from a “line in the sand” to a place of increasing physical presence. The twentieth century brought customs stations and fences to channel bodies through a federally regulated space. Over time, fences and check points transformed into walls, buildings, and a network of roads built to control the movement of dynamic nature: people, animals, and pathogens. Mary's dissertation explores this change over time.