Sarah K.M. Rodriguez received a B.A. in English and History from Vassar College and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialization are United States History, Southern History, Early Mexican History, Comparative/Transnational History, Labor History, History of Gender and Sexuality, Rural History, and U.A. Empire. Rodriguez has a forthcoming publication in a special issue of Pacific Historical Review regarding the first Anglo-American immigrants to Mexican Texas. She comes to the UA from the University of Pennsylvania where she was managing editor of the Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and an instructor of history.