Bios

Rolena Adorno is the Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University. Her teaching and research focus on colonial Spanish American literary and cultural history and the nineteenth-century origins of Hispanism in the United States. Her most recent essay, which appeared in the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciens, is devoted to Mark Twain's reflections on the Spanish New World. Her books include The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative (2007), which won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association; her other titles have been awarded prizes by the American Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the New England Council of Latin American Studies. Her most recent book is Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2011), published by the Oxford University Press. Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Adorno has been appointed to a five-year term as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an honorary professor at the Pontifical University of Peru in Lima, Peru, and an Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

Rachel O'Toole is Associate Professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in the colonial Andes, African Diaspora, indigenous Spanish America, histories of race, comparative colonialisms, and gender. She is the author of Bound Lives: Africans, Indians, and the Making of Race in Colonial Peru (2012), and co-editor with Sherwin Bryant and Ben Vinson III of Africans to Spanish America: Expanding the Diaspora (2012).

 

 

Amber Brian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in colonial Spanish American literature. Her current research focuses on seventeenth-century Mexico and relationships between indigenous, mestizo, and creole intellectual spheres.

 

 

Tatiana Seijas is an Assistant Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. She specializes in Colonial Latin American History, with a focus on the economy and labor. Her current book project is about slavery in seventeenth-century Mexico.

 

 

Galen Brokaw is Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Buffalo. He specializes in historiography, Nahuatl language and culture, indigenous writing, indigenismo, and the Andean khipu. He is the author of A History of the Khipu (2010).

 

 

Cristian Roa de la Carrera is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research focuses on colonial narratives and the rearrangement of social networks, kinship relations, gender interaction, and ethnic identities of both indigenous peoples and colonizers. He is the author of Histories of Infamy: Francisco López de Gómara and the Ethics of Spanish Imperialism (2005).

 

 

A native from Perú, Rocio Quispe-Agnoli is Associate Professor of (Post) Colonial Latin American Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Michigan State University. Professor Quispe-Agnoli is also affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program and core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context. Professor Quispe-Agnoli has published La fe indígena en la escritura: resistencia e identidad en la obra de Guaman Poma de Ayala (2006). She also edited a special issue of Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura entitled "Beyond the Convent: Colonial Women's Voices and Daily Challenges in Spanish America" (2005). Professor Quispe-Agnoli's current project is a book-length manuscript on women's textual agency and writings of sixteenth-century Peru's encomenderas.

 

 

Susan Schroeder, Frances Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History Emerita. Her research focuses on Mexico, Mesoamerican social history, and early Nahuatl philology. She has published numerous articles and books, she the author of Chimalpahin and the Kingdom of Chalco (1992), translator and editor of The Codex Chimalpahin (1997-2005), and co-editor with David Cahill of The Conquest All Over Again: Nahuas and Zapotecs Thinking, Writing, and Painting Spanish Colonialism (2009).

 

 

Professor Dana Leibsohn teaches courses on Latin American, American Indian, and African visual culture at Smith College. She is active in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies program at Smith and the Five College program, Crossroads in the Study of the Americas. Professor Leibsohn's research and publications focus on indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America, in particular on maps and modes of literacy. She has won grants from the J. Paul Getty Trust and the National Gallery of Art, and received a collaborative grant from the NEH to develop a multi-media project titled "Vistas: Colonial Latin American Visual Culture: 1520-1820." She is the author of Script and Glyph: Pre-Hispanic History, Colonial Bookmaking, and the Historia Tolteca Chichimeca (2009).

 

 

Alcira Dueñas is Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University. Her teaching and research interests include the history of colonialism and post colonialism in Latin America and the roles of Andeans, women, and other subordinate subjects in such processes. She is the author of Indians and Mestizos in the "Lettered City": Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy, and Political Culture in Colonial Peru (2010).

 

 

Yanna Yannakakis is Associate Professor of History at Emory University. She specializes in the social and cultural history of colonial Latin America, history of Mexico, ethnohistory, history of legal systems, and the interaction of indigenous peoples and institutions in Mexico. Her first book The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca (2008) examines how native cultural brokers negotiated with Spanish courts and the Catholic Church to open and maintain a space for the political and cultural autonomy of indigenous elites and their communities during Mexico's colonial period. The book won the 2009 Howard Francis Cline Memorial Award.