Laura Vázquez Arreguín is a doctoral student in the history department. Her research interests include the rise of the West, colonization, race formation, nationalism and transnationalism. She is also interested in cultural and global history. Laura's previous research focused on Indigenous peoples from central and northern Mexico, the Spanish Pacific, as well as the role of the U.S. in world affairs. Laura graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2011 with a Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Coverdell Fellowship, awarded to returned Peace Corp Volunteers. As a Peace Corp Volunteer she served in Armenia from 2015 to 2018. She completed her Masters degree in International Studies at Texas State University in 2021.