Karen B. Graubart
Carl Koch Associate Professor of History
(Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2000)
475 Decio Hall
Geographic focus: Latin America
Thematic interests: Colonial Latin American history, gender and race in Latin America, the history of the Andean region, perspectives on the “other” from Iberia to the New World.
Current research: Her new study examines the ways that authorities—the Crown, the Archbishop, municipal and other governments—codified "difference" in 15th-century Seville (Spain) and 16th-century Lima (Peru), and asks whether the residents so characterized shared this definition: as Muslims, Jews, Indians, Blacks, and the like. While authorities sought to separate and give autonomy to groups it understood as different with respect to religion, ethnicity or race, not all members of those groups necessarily or always identified themselves through these same rubrics, instead forming community on the basis of shared interests across these characteristics. This investigation argues that our normalized categories confuse the complexity of everyday life in multi-ethnic and multi-confessional cities.
"'So color de una cofradía:’ Catholic Confraternities and the Development of Afro-Peruvian Ethnicities in Early Colonial Peru," in Slavery and Abolition 33, 1 (2012)
"The Creolization of the New World: Local Forms of Identity in Urban Colonial Peru, 1560–1640," in Hispanic American Historical Review 89, 3 (2009)
With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru 1550–1700 (Stanford, 2007)
“De qadis y caciques,” Bulletin del Institut Français d’Etudes Andines 37,1 (2008)
“La moda colonial: aproximaciones a la etnicidad en dos ciudades peruanas coloniales,” in Tejiendo Sueños en el Cono Sur, ed. Victória Solanilla (Barcelona, Grup d’Estudis Precolombins, 2005)
“Hybrid Thinking: Bringing Postcolonial Theory to Latin American Economic History,” in Postcolonial Thought and Economics, ed. S. Charusheela and Eiman Zein-Elabdin (Routledge, 2003)