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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


ImageCamilla Townsend

Professor of History

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995

At Rutgers Since 2006

222 Van Dyck Hall
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I am interested in relations between the indigenous and Europeans throughout the Americas. My publications have spanned Mexico, the Andean Region and the Chesapeake. I am deeply immersed in the study of Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and my most intense focus is now on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings left to us by Native American historians. Though the historical annals they produced, we catch a glimpse of indigenous conceptualizations of history as they existed at first contact.



  • 508:280 Early Native American History
  • 508:282 Modern Native American History


  • American History PDR I
  • First Contact/ Borderlands



  • Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley (Stanford, 2010)
  • American Indian History: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (New Mexico, 2006)
  • Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (Hill & Wang, 2004)
  • Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America (Texas, 2000)

Selected Articles

  • “Glimpsing Native American Historiography: The Cellular Principle in Sixteenth-Century Nahuatl Annals.” Ethnohistory (fall 2009): 625-650.
  • “’What in the World Have You Done to Me, My Lover?’ Sex, Servitude and Politics among the Pre-Conquest Nahuas as seen in the Cantares Mexicanos.” The Americas 62, 3 (2006): 348-89.
  • “Burying the White Gods: New Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico.” American Historical Review 108, 3 (June 2003): 659-87.


  • Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2004)
  • Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society (2004)
  • American Association of University Women fellowship (1994)
  • Fulbright Commission grant (1993)

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