Miguel Chavez is a first-year graduate student, receiving both his B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas. His M.A. thesis, The Shifting Borders of Egypt (2015), details the classical, biblical, and orientalist motifs inherent in British cartographical representations of Egypt during the nineteenth century. For his doctoral work, he plans to examine the continuation of these motifs and tropes in the wider context of European imperialism during both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In doing so, he will focus specifically on the scientific and visual representations of non-European peoples found within these motifs. He is studying with Professor Alistair Sponsel.