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.



Graubart, Karen B. Republics of Difference: Racial and Religious Self-Governance in the Iberian Atlantic, 1400–1650 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Journal Articles

“Los lazos que unen: Dueñas negras de esclavos negros en Lima, ss. XVI-XVII,” Revista Nueva Corónica 2 (2013).

Book Chapters

Graubart, Karen B. “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 (Routledge, 2017) 
“Hybrid Thinking: Bringing Postcolonial Theory to Latin American Economic History,” in S. Charusheela and Eiman Zein-Elabdin eds., Postcolonial Thought and Economics (Routledge, 2003)
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • 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)

Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet