Professor of History
Associate Chair of History Department
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995
At Rutgers Since 2006
222 Van Dyck Hall
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.
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
- 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)
- “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)