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Aileen Teague

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Aileen Teague

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs


Aileen Teague is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University. Aileen’s research examines the effects of U.S. drug policies and policing efforts on 1970s Mexican politics and society. Her project incorporates a transnational approach, using archival sources from Mexico and the U.S. to explore the origins of bilateral drug enforcement measures and their relationship to the Mexican state and U.S. domestic drug issues. The project also sheds new light on how local histories of political instability shaped the Mexican government’s response to the U.S. war on drugs. Aileen’s work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants including the Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship to Mexico, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and most recently, the Center for U.S.- Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where she served as a visiting fellow. Aileen's articles on U.S. and Mexican drug control and addiction issues have appeared in forums including History News Network andTime magazine. She is formerly a Marine Corps officer.