Sandra Mendiola García | Department of History

Sandra Mendiola García

Associate Professor, Associate Chair
WH 263
Latin American History

I specialize in modern Mexican history. My research centers around labor, gender, and food history and I am most interested in invisible, informal, and precarious kinds of labor at different sites: the streets, the home, and the mining industry. My first book, Street Democracy (2017) focuses on street vendors in Puebla, Mexico and I am currently studying silver miners in central Mexico in the twentieth century. I am also interested in analyzing how working-class food has become attractive and profitable to the tourist industry in areas that have experienced deindustrialization.

At UNT I teach colonial and modern courses about Latin American and Mexican history. I am also affiliated to the Latina/o Mexican American Studies.

UNT Faculty Profile



Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017), pp. 271.

New Books in Latin American History interview:


"Food Gentrification in Downtown Puebla, UNESCO World Heritage Site" in Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry: Changing How We Think about Food, Abarca Meredith and Consuelo Salas, eds. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2016), pp. 59-76.

"Vendors, Mothers, and Revolutionaries: Street Vendors and Union Activism in 1970s Puebla, Mexico," Oral History Forum d'histoire orale, 33 (2013). "Working Lives: Special Issue on Oral History and Working-Class History," pp. 1-26.