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University of Notre Dame
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Colonial Latin America, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Slavery, Law, Medieval Iberia, GIS, Andes
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About Me

Historian of colonial Latin America and the Iberian Atlantic. My work has examined ethnic and gender roles in the Andes after Spanish contact, identity production in colonial contexts, slavery and race, and self-governance by religious minorities and ethnic/racial subalterns. I use GIS mapping to examine spatial organization in late medieval Seville and early modern Lima.  New book under contract with Oxford, Republics of Difference: Racial and Religious Self-Governance in the Iberian Atlantic 1400-1650.

Recent Publications


With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700. Stanford University Press, 2007. Winner of the Ligia Parra Jahn prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (2008)


“Containing Law Within the Walls: The Protection of Customary Law in Santiago del Cercado, Peru,” in Bain Attwood, Lauren Benton, and Adam Clulow, eds., Protection and Empire: A Global History(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 29-46.

“Shifting Landscapes. Heterogeneous Conceptions of Land Use and Land Tenure in the Lima Valley,” Colonial Latin American Review26(1) 2017: 62-84

“The Bonds of Inheritance: Afro-Peruvian Women’s Legacies in a Slave-holding World,” in Mónica Díaz and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, eds., Women’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799 (NY: Routledge, 2017): 130-150

“Competing Spanish and Indigenous Jurisdictions in Early Colonial Lima,” in Ken Mills, Senior Editor for Colonial Spanish America, Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin American and Caribbean History(New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

“Learning From the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes,” Hispanic American Historical Review95:2 (May 2015): 195-228. Winner of the James Alexander Robertson Prize for Best Article from the Conference on Latin American History.

“Catalina de Agüero: A Mediating Life,” in Jonathan Truitt and Mark Christensen, eds., Native Wills From the Colonial Americas: Dead Giveaways in a New World(University of Utah Press, 2015): 19-39

“Los lazos que unen: dueñas negras de esclavos negros en Lima ss. XVI-XVII,” Revista Nueva Corónica[Lima, Peru] 2 (2013): 625-640

“’So color de una cofradía’: Catholic Confraternities and the Development of Afro-Peruvian Ethnicities in Early Colonial Peru,” Slavery and Abolition33:1 (March 2012): 43-64.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Peru (Andes), Spain, Circum-Caribbean
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America, Mediterranean, Spain
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Gender, Law, Race, Sexuality, Slavery