Today's Potato Quote:
Víctor Grippo, Analogía I (2010)
The gallery text at the Harvard Art Museum notes that ‘the lowly potato, indigenous to Latin America, here serves as a source of nutritional or electrical energy, and symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state’.
(For a list of past potato quotes click here.)
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B.A. 1986 Bryn Mawr College (major in Mathematics, minors in German and History of Art)
I am also exploring the distinctive Spanish American pictorial genre known as casta painting. An example appears below. 'The Pleasures of Taxonomy' (William and Mary Quarterly73:3, July 2016) situates these paintings in the sentimental world of the colonial romance, as well as in the debates about human nature and mankind that typified eighteenth-century enlightened science.
José de Paez, De Español, y Negra, Produce Mulato
The Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2012) (Winner of the Conference on Latin America History 2013 Bolton-Johnson Prize)
The Return of the Native: Indians and Mythmaking in Spanish America, 1810-1930, Duke University Press (Durham, 2008). (Winner of the Conference on Latin American History's 2008 Bolton-Johnson Prize Honorable Mention)
España y la independencia de Colombia, Banco de la República (Bogotá, 2014).
Edited Collections and Special Editions
Edited Dossier: ‘European Cuisine and the Columbian Exchange’, Food and History, vol. 7:1 (2010).
Rumours of War: Civil Conflict in Nineteenth Century Latin America , University of London/Institute of Latin American Studies (London, 2000).
Epistolary Selves: Letters and Letter-Writers, 1600-1945 , Ashgate Press (Aldershot, 1999).
‘Food, Colonialism and the Quantum of Happiness’, forthcoming History Workshop Journal 84 (2017).
‘The Pleasures of Taxonomy: Casta Paintings, Classification and Colonialism’, William & Mary Quarterly 73:3 (2016), pp. 427-466.
‘European Cuisine and the Columbian Exchange: Introduction’, Food and History, vol. 7:1 (2010), pp. 3-10.
‘‘If You Eat Their Food . . .’: Diets and Bodies in Early Colonial Spanish America’, American Historical Review, vol. 115:3 (2010), pp. 688-713. (Winner of the Agricultural History Society's Wayne D. Rasmussen Award)
‘Algunos Pensamientos sobre “el indio borracho” en el imaginario criollo’, Revista de Estudios Sociales (Colombia), vol. 29 (2008), pp. 18-27.
'Sobre Héroes y Tumbas: National Symbols in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America', Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 85:3 (2005), pp. 375-416.
‘‘Two Pairs of Pink Satin Shoes!!’: Clothing, Race and Identity in the Americas, 17th-19th Centuries’, History Workshop Journal, issue 52 (2001), pp. 175-95.
‘Creole Patriotism and the Myth of the Loyal Indian’, Past & Present, vol. 172 (2001), pp. 125-45.
‘Information and Disinformation in Late Colonial New Granada’, The Americas, vol. 54:2 (1997), pp. 167-84.
‘A Grave for Europeans?’: Disease, Death, and the Spanish-American Revolutions’, War in History, vol. 3:2 (1996), pp. 371-83.
‘Indian Rebellion and Bourbon Reform in New Granada: Riots in Pasto, 1780-1800’, Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 73:1 (1993), pp. 99-124.
‘La iconografía de la independencia en Cartagena y la Nueva Granada’, Cartagena de Indias en la Independencia, eds. Haroldo Calvo Stevenson and Adolfo Meisel Roca, Banco de la República (Cartagena, 2011), pp. 561-598.
‘The French Revolution in the Spanish American Imagination, 1789-1830’, War, Empire and Slavery, 1770-1830, eds. Richard Bessel, Nick Guyatt and Jane Rendall, Palgrave (London, 2010), pp. 179-200.
‘Clothing and Ethnicity in Colonial Spanish America’, The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives, eds. Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeill, Routledge (London, 2010), pp. 383-5.
‘Nationalism and National Costume in Spanish America’, The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, eds. Mina Roces and Louise Edwards, Sussex Academic Press (Eastbourne, 2007), pp. 163-181.
‘Consumption and Excess in Colonial and Early-Independent Spanish America’, Imported Modernity in Post-Colonial State-Formation: The Appropriation of Political, Educational and Cultural Models in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, eds. Marcelo Caruso and Eugenia Roldán Vera, Peter Lang (Frankfurt am Main, 2007), pp. 341-61.
'Monumentos y museos: La nacionalización del pasado precolombino en la Hispanoamerica decimonónica', Galerias del progreso: museos, exposiciones y cultura visual en America Latina, eds. Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan and Jens Andermann, Beatriz Viterbo Editora : Colección Estudios Culturales (Buenos Aires, 2006), pp. 27-56.
‘Luxury, Clothing and Race in Colonial Spanish America’, Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods, eds. Maxine Berg and Elizabeth Eger, Palgrave (London, 2003), pp. 219-27.
‘The Role of Print in the Spanish-American Wars of Independence’, The Political Power of the Word, ed. Ivan Jaksic, University of London/Institute of Latin American Studies (London, 2002), pp. 9-33.
‘Rape and the Anxious Republic. Revolutionary Colombia, 1810-1830’, Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America , eds. Maxine Molyneux and Elizabeth Dore, Duke University Press (Durham, 2000), pp. 127-46.
Recent and Current Research Topics Supervised
I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on topics concerned with the cultural history of colonial and 19th-century Spanish America. I have also supervised projects related to the history of masculinities, femininities and race in the USA. Here are some of the topics and students I have supervised, co-supervised and advised:
Charlie Angelo, ‘Writing Nations after the Break-up of New Spain’ (c. 1810-1900)' (sole supervision)
Desiree Arbo, 'The uses of Jesuit classical learning in the Rio de la Plata, c. 1750-1815' (co-supervised with Andrew Laird, Classics)
Marcos Estrada, 'Everyday Practices of Transnational Living: Making Sense of Brasiguaio Identities' (co-supervised with Anton Popov, Sociology, Aston University)
Rebecca Noble, 'Madness and governance: creating ‘docile vassals’ in Bourbon Mexico' (co-supervised with Hilary Marland, History)
Lewis Smith, 'Soup Kitchens: Histories of Leftovers, Loss and Redemption' (sole supervision)
Anastasia Styliano (co-supervised with Peter Marshall, History)
Valentina Tommasetti, Naked and Shameless: Shame and its embodiment in Early Modern European Art' (sole supervision)
Holly Winter, 'Militaristic Masculinity, Material Culture and the Armies in India, 1799-1900' (co-supervised with Maxine Berg, History)
Andrea Cadelo, 'Luxury, Sensibility, Climate and Taste in the Eighteenth-Century Worldwide Racialisation of Difference' (sole supervision)
Helen Cowie, 'Naturalistas sin Fronteras': Conquering Nature in the Spanish Empire (1750-1850)' ( (co-supervised with Anthony McFarlane, History)
María Estrada Fuentes, 'Performative Reintegration: Ex-combatants' Transitions Towards Civilian Identities in Colombia' (co-supervised with Silvija Jestrovic, Theatre Studies)
Rebecca Griffin, 'Marriage and Courtship in Slave Culture in Antebellum North Carolina' (co-supervised with Cecilia Jones, Sociology)
Sergio Lussana, 'Band of Brothers: Enslaved Men of the Antebellum South' (co-supervised with Tim Lockley, History)
Deborah Toner, ''What's Wrong with a Little Drinking?' Alcohol and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Mexican Fiction' (sole supervision)
Cecilia Tossounian, 'The Body Beautiful and the Beauty of Nation: Representing Gender and Modernity (Buenos Aires 1918-1940)' (co-supervised wtih the European University Institute, Florence)
Sergio Lussana, 'Band of Brothers: Enslaved African-American Masculinity in the Antebellum United States'
Kim Patrick, 'Why a Million Men Marched: An Analysis of Politics, Identity and the Million Man March'
Emma Rhodes-Brown, '"Know First Who You Are, Then Deck Yourself Out Accordingly": Dress and Adornment As a Form of Expression under Slavery in the American South'
Lewis Smith, 'Eating Indigène: Food, Hunger and (Post)-Colonial Governance in France and North Africa 1830-2011'
Hannah Stephenson, 'Symbolising Slavery: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth and the Female Slave Experience'
Deborah Toner, 'Maize, Alcohol and Cultural Identity in Colonial Mexico'
Christopher Zacharia, 'Drool Britannia: Cookbooks, the Imagined Community and Identity in Contemporary Britain'
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