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Anne McGinnessAnne McGinness

Kellogg PhD Fellow

My name is Anne McGinness and I am a Ph.D. candidate in colonial Latin American History.  My interest in region began after I spent the year teaching theology at the Catholic University of Bolivia.   Returing to the USA in 2005, I did an M.A. in theology at Boston College, where I focused on the history of Christianity in Latin America.  In 2007-2008 I lived in Lisbon where I conducted research on colonial Brazil and the Portuguese empire.

My dissertation examines how the Protestant Reformation made its way into colonial Brazil.  I ask how Latin America was an outpost of the European struggle between Catholics and Protestants in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?  I studied under the late Dr. Sabine MacCormack for five years.  As my dissertation spans Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Dutch empires in the early modern world I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Felipe Fernández-Armesto, where I am deepening my knowledge of Global History. 

One of my passions is soccer and I enjoy playing several times a week. One of the advantages to studying Latin American and western European history is that there is always a good soccer game to be found.  My tournament winnings in Bolivia include two goats and a pig.

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