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Tara Malanga
Email: tmalanga@rutgers.edu
Current Research: Latin American History, Global and Comparative

Tara earned her B.A. in History from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from The Graduate School of Education also at Rutgers University.  Her research focuses on the change in indigenous perceptions of disease, illness, death, and dying in Mexico from the Pre-Columbian to the Colonial period.  Tara is currently working with Nahuatl language documents including the Cantares Mexicanos, a number of historical annals written by various Nahua noblemen, wills and testaments from areas in and around the Valley of Mexico, morality plays, and a record keeping book titled El Libro de los Difuntos, to understand how disease and death were recorded and represented both before and after Spanish contact.