Assistant Professor

Photo: Katherine Massoth

Assistant Professor

Office: Mesa Vista Hall 2097


BA in History, University of California, Irvine
BA in Social Science-Secondary Education, University of California, Irvine
MA in U.S. History, University of Iowa
PhD in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History and Women’s and Gender History, University of Iowa

Research Interests:

Women’s and Gender History, Frontiers and Borderlands History, Southwest History, American West History, U.S. History, 19th century History, Mexican History, Cultural History, Social History


Katherine Massoth is an Assistant Professor of History. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Iowa and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Social Science-Secondary Education from the University of California at Irvine. Her interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to research and teaching embraces several themes: gender roles, foodways, domesticity, cultural and ethnic identities, transborder networks, and gendered and raced social structures and legal systems. She previously held an appointment at the University of Louisville and was affiliated with Latin American and Latino Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also currently holds roles as the newsletter editor and graduate mentor committee mentor for the Coalition for Western Women’s History (CWWH) as well as editorial board member of the Journal of Arizona History.

She is a historian of North America, particularly the Southwest, the West, and U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, from the Spanish Colonial Era through the nineteenth century. Her specialties include Women's and Gender History of the United States and Mexico, Southwestern History, Cultural History, and Social History. As a historian of the Americas, she teaches history courses on women and gender, borderlands, the American West, and chicanx/latinx studies. She also incorporates her background in digital humanities and oral history into her teaching and community engagement.

Her current research focuses on the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, specifically the role of women in performing ethnic identity, transborder trade systems, foodways, and cultural networks. Her book manuscript, Keeping House: The Borders of Gender Roles, Cultural Practices, and Domesticity in Territorial Arizona and New Mexico is under an advanced contract with the David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History from the University of North Carolina Press. She has a forthcoming article, “Engendering the Long Nineteenth Century and Mapping Gender on Arizona History” to be published in the fall 2020 Journal of Arizona History, Special Issue: What's Arizona Got to Do with It? Arizona History in Western, US and Transnational Contexts, edited by Katherine Morrissey.

Recent/Select Publications:

“‘Mexican Cookery that Belongs to the United States’: Evolving Boundaries of Whiteness in New             Mexican Kitchens” in Food Across Borders, edited by Matt Garcia, E. Melanie DuPuis, and     Don Mitchell, in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies,       Southern Methodist University (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2017): 44-63.


“Writing an Honorable Remembrance: Nineteenth-Century LDS Women’s Autobiography,” Journal           of Mormon History, vol. 39, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 91-138.


Faculty Fellow, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, University of Louisville (2018-2019).

Albert J. Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association (2017).                            

Irene Ledesma Prize, Coalition for Western Women’s History (2012-2013).                                                   

Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library (2012-2013).                                   Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women’s History, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (2011).

New Mexico’s Office of the State Historian’s Scholars Program Fellowship, Office of the State Historian, New Mexico (2011).


History of Women

Foodways Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

Gender and Ethnic Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

U.S. History