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
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.
- James Alexander Robertson Prize for the article "Learning from the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes," Hispanic American Historical Review 95, 2 (2015)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her latest book project, tentatively titled “Republics of Difference: Religious and Racial Self-Governance in the Iberian Atlantic, 1400–1650” (2017)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching and Learning Grant, “Reading Moby Dick and One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Integrated Humanities Project,” Senior Scholar Consultant (Project Director: Richard Haw, John Jay College) (2013–14)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library (2009–10)
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2009–10)
- American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship (declined) (2009–10)
- Ligia Parra Jahn Prize, Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, for With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society, Peru 1550–1700 (2008)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching and Learning Grant, “Making Objects Speak,” Senior–Scholar Consultant (Project Directors: Elisabeth Gitter, Dean Jane Bowers, John Jay College/CUNY) (2008–09)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, “From Moriscos to Mestizos: The Iberian Roots of Ethnicity in the New World” (2004–05)
Universities have a sexual harassment problem. Can they fix it?
Dec 15, 2017
Faculty Fellow Karen Graubart and other historians are concerned about how sexual harassment influences graduate education.