Nathaniel Morris holds a doctorate in history from Oxford University, and is currently a Research Fellow at University College London. He specializes in the history of modern Mexico and Central America, with a particular focus on the relations between indigenous communities and the state. He is especially interested in exploring how the interactions between communal militias, non-state actors (whether bandits, drug cartels or revolutionary guerrillas), and different government institutions, have helped to shape both the Mexican nation-state, and the diverse ethno-cultural and socio-political identities of its inhabitants.
He has published on indigenous participation in the Mexican and Nicaraguan Revolutions, on the ritual politics of the Cora Indians, and on the roots of the regional drug trade. He is currently researching the rise of indigenous vigilante groups in the context of Mexico’s ongoing 'Drug
War,' and the ties of history, memory, space and culture that link them to indigenous militias that played key roles in the War of Reform (1857-61), and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940).