Dear H-NewMexico Network Members,
I am very pleased to announce that our network has a new editor, Benjamin Davis. Ben has deep roots in New Mexico and an abiding interest in its history and culture. This brief biography that he shared with me explains his ties and interests in more detail:
"Benjamin Davis is a fifth-generation New Mexican who lives and ranches in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the northeast of the state. He completed a master’s degree in history in 2020 at the University of New Mexico. Benjamin is fascinated by the borderlands, both as a region and as a process. Borderlands, like New Mexico, are places where disparate societies encounter their Other and come away changed. Benjamin’s thesis examined the life and ministry of José Ynéz Perea, the first Hispano pastor ordained by the Presbyterian Church and an archetype of the religious, cultural, and economic exchanges that take place in the borderlands. Growing up in a ranching family inspired Benjamin’s other principal interest in agricultural history, particularly the reciprocal relationship between agricultural methods and the natural environment and agriculture’s role in the history of conflict and expropriation in the US West. Benjamin is passionate about empowering local communities to preserve and communicate their memories. He is excited to join this community dedicated to New Mexico’s story."
With Ben assuming editorial responsibilities, and Tomas Jaehn continuing as our book review editor, I feel that H-NewMexico is in very capable hands, and so, after seven years at the network's helm, I am relinquishing my duties as editor. Thank you to all who have supported me during these years; it's been a great experience!
All the best to you, Ben, and to everyone at H-NewMexico.
Carter Jones Meyer