Department Chair:
Leonard V. Smith

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30

Melanie Huska

Melanie Huska

Visiting Asst. Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice 309
(440) 775-6469

Personal Office Hours:
M.F 2:30-3:30 And by appointment

Melanie Huska

Visiting Assistant Professor Melanie Huska

Educational Background

  • • Bachelor of Arts, Trent University, 2002
  • • Master of Arts, York University, 2006
  • • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2013

Melanie Huska is a historian of modern Latin America.  Her research and teaching interests lie in Mexican popular culture, historical memory, and the relationship between Mexico’s postrevolutionary state and its culture industries.  These currents intersect in her current research project, a book manuscript of her dissertation, “Entertaining Education:  Teaching National History in Mexican State-Sponsored Comic Books and Telenovelas, 1963 to 1996,” which examines debates and controversies over public history in Mexico’s transition to neoliberalism.  In 2013-2014, she will be teaching courses on colonial and modern Latin America, Mexican culture and identity, popular culture and historical memory in Latin American.