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Peter Sorensen
Email: bjorndahl@gmail.com
Current Research: Latin American History, Comparative

Peter is a Phd Candidate in Latin American History and his doctoral work focuses on the Cantares Mexicanos, a collection of 16th century Nahuatl-language song lyrics from Mexico City. His dissertation explores underrepresented voices in a time of great change that connects Nahua ideas of performance, poetic expressions, and memory. He shows how the songs were a public form of negotiation meant to express dissatisfaction with colonial realities while celebrating ethnic pride and their imperial past. Peter’s research engages a wide variety of sources beyond the Cantares Mexicanos to inform his work, including rare manuscripts and annals (xiuhpohualli). Peter works under the supervision of Prof. Camilla Townsend.