Jessica R. Mack

Jessica R. Mack

Jessica R. Mack

Postdoctoral Fellow

Modern Latin America, Mexican history, history of universities, urban history, digital public history

Jessica Mack is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. A historian of Latin America, she received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at Princeton University in 2019. She has expertise in the history of Mexico, urban history, history of universities, archival research methods, and digital public history. In 2020, she created an introductory research methods course called Into the Archive, which is free and accessible to all on the Princeton Online Learning platform. Her current book project examines the campus construction for the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in mid-century Mexico City. 

At RRCHNM, she directs Mapping the University: A Digital Resource for Studying Virginia Campus Histories, a digital history project that explores the history of campus construction at George Mason and other Virginia universities. She also leads outreach efforts for Tropy, an archival research photo management software, and is co-PI for the digital Covid collecting projects Collecting These Times and Pandemic Religion.

Grants and Fellowships

4-VA Collaborate Research Grant for Mapping the University: A Digital Resource for Studying Virginia Campus Histories


Ph.D., Department of History, Princeton University

B.A., Department of History, Wesleyan University

Recent Presentations

“Building the Lettered City: Planning and Construction in Ciudad Universitaria, 1950-54,” Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), January 10, 2021. 

"Introduction to Tropy: A Digital Tool for Organizing Archival Research Photos," Research Skills Series, European University Institute (EUI) Libraries, February 24, 2021.

Panelist, "Chronic Crisis: The Humanities Contextualize 2020," Center for Humanities Research, George Mason University, February 26, 2021.

In the Media

"Moving Forward in Challenging Times," Horizon Magazine, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University, Summer 2021.

“The Pandemic Religion digital collection: documenting religious practice during Covid-19,” History@Work blog, National Council for Public History, October 2020.