I research Latin America, specifically colonial Mexico. My scholarship examines how subaltern vassals negotiated state-led attempts to impose orthodoxy. My most recent published work shows that Indigenous and mixed-race peoples consulted ritual specialists to improve their lot in life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Having received generous funding from the Academy of American Franciscan History (2020) and the Fulbright-Hays (2019), I successfully defended my dissertation in February 2022.
In the summer of 2020, I responded to the pandemic by creating my own course entitled Disease through the Ages. In this course, students investigated the social and political impact of pandemics from ancient times to the present.
Additionally, I partnered with Duke Learning Innovation to prepare faculty and graduate students for online courses, using flexible teaching methods in virtual classrooms.