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Dr. Mónica Díaz

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

Mónica Díaz specializes in the history and literature of Colonial Latin America and the Early Modern Atlantic. Her research focuses on indigenous cultures and discursive production. Her other area of specialization is women’s cultural history and literature. Mónica Díaz’s book Indigenous Writings from the Convent: Negotiating Ethnic Autonomy in Colonial Mexico (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010) examines the existence of the only three convents opened exclusively for indigenous women in colonial Mexico. Currently, she is developing a project on legal documentation initiated by indigenous peoples about ecclesiastical matters in the late colonial period in Mexico, and a related project on missionary discourse and imperial expansion in the Spanish US Southwest. She is also working on a critical study and annotated bilingual edition tentatively entitled, Sor María Jesús de Agreda’s Cosmographical Writing: Producing Knowledge across the Atlantic, in collaboration with Grady Wray (University of Oklahoma). Her research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ministry for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and the United States, the Hispanic History of Texas Project from the University of Houston, the University of Texas Pan American, the Newberry Library, and Georgia State University.

Dr. Díaz also serves as coordinator for the Certificate Program in Latin American Studies. For more information, please visit the pages for the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American Studies, or the Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies.

Office:  860 Langdale Hall 
Tel. (404) 413-5994