C.J. Alvarez is an environmental historian teaching at the University of Texas at Austin who writes about deserts, the built environment, and the US-Mexico border. Before receiving a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, C.J. studied art history at Harvard and Stanford.
Environmental BoundariesBy C.J. Alvarez
Three years ago, I published a book called Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide (University of Texas Press). It is about the built environment of the border and how the accretion of fencing and surveillance projects on land, as well as hydraulic engineering projects on the border rivers, came to overwrite the natural environments through which the border passes.