I research Latin America, specifically colonial Mexico. My scholarship examines how subaltern vassals negotiated state-led attempts to impose orthodoxy. My most recent project analyzes how indigenous and mixed-raced peoples used magic and 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 am now composing my dissertation.
This summer, 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 have partnered with Duke Learning Innovation to prepare faculty and graduate students to enter the fall semester with enough confidence and technical proficiency to implement lessons in flexible teaching, online instruction, and hybrid classrooms.