I am an ethnohistorian and historical
anthropologist of medicine and science in Latin America, with particular
interests in colonial and contemporary Maya peoples of Mesoamerica. More
broadly, I am interested in the making of metaphysical knowledges and
epistemologies of experience of the early modern world. My current historical
scholarly projects include two book projects. My first book project, Between Magic and Medicine: Colonial Yucatec
Healing and the Spanish Atlantic World, explores networks of
sickness and healing in colonial Yucatán and local production of medical
knowledge in the Enlightenment-era Spanish Atlantic. The history of medicine, I
argue, has largely overlooked the experiential and cooperative foundations of
the production of knowledge. This book is in production with the Omohundro
Institute for Early American History and Culture. My next book, tentatively
titled The Morality of the Moon: Fable,
Science, and Fiction in Enlightenment Mexico, examines how popular
and, often, censored sixteenth and seventeenth centuries accounts of lunar
travel reflected the tenuous emergence of modern metaphysics. My
longstanding anthropological research involves the contemporary ethnobotany and
lived medical practices of the Lacandón Maya of Chiapas, Mexico.
Magic and Medicine: Colonial Yucatec Healing and the Spanish Atlantic World. (Omohundro
Institute/University of North Carolina Press, in progress).
Morality of the Moon: Fable, Science, and Fiction in Enlightenment Mexico. (in progress)
“Review Essay: Contagious
Connections: Recent Approaches to the History of Medicine in Early America.” William & Mary Quarterly 73:1
“The Morality of the Moon: Fray
Manuel de Rivas’s Sizigias y Quadraturas of
1773,” in Fugitive Knowledge: The Preservation
and Loss of Knowledge in Cultural Contact Zones. Andreas Beer and Gesa
Mackenthun, eds. Berlin: Waxmann, (2015), 145-162.
“Northern Lacandon Maya Medicinal
Plant Use in the Communities of Lacanja Chan Sayab and Naha’, Chiapas, Mexico.”
With R. McGee. Journal of Ecological
Anthropology (Summer 2004): 47-66.
“Connecting the Empire: Materia
Medica in the Spanish Atlantic World.” Series Editor, the Recipes Project, July-August 2016.
“Joyful News of Medicine from
Iberian Worlds.” the Recipes Project (https://recipes.hypotheses.org/8204),
July 19, 2016.
“Thomas Gage’s Chocolate Recipe
and Regimen of 1655.” the Recipes Project
March 22, 2016.
Clandestine Healing in Colonial Yucatán, Part 1.” the Recipes Project (http://recipes.hypotheses.org/2948),
December 19, 2013.
Clandestine Healing in Colonial Yucatán, Part 2.” the Recipes Project (http://recipes.hypotheses.org/2976),
December 20, 2013.
“Words of the Wise: Colonial Maya
Medicine.” the Recipes Project
August 20, 2013.
Teaching and Geopolitics in a Culturally Alienated Society,” in Going
Inward: The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching. S. D.
Longerbeam and A. F. Chávez, eds.New York: Peter Lang Publishing
“Mentoring and the Challenge of
the Humanities,” in Terra Cognita: Graduate Students
in the Archives : A Retrospective on the CLIR Mellon Fellowship For
Dissertation Research in Original Sources, R.A. Kashanipour and Kathlin
Smith, eds. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library Information Resources, 2016.
Review of Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic
Period, by Sarah E. Jackson and Translating
Maya Hieroglyphics, by Scott A.J. Johnson. Mesoamérica (December 2015).
Review of Angels,
Demons and the New World,
edited by Francisco Cervantes and Andrew Redden. American Historical Review 119:2 (2014),
Review of City Indians in Spain’s American Empire: Urban Indigenous Society in
Colonial Mesoamerica and Andean South America, 1530-1810, edited by Dana
Velasco Murillo, Mark Lentz, and Margarita R. Ochoa, Hispanic American Historical Review 93:4(2013), 700-701.
“Beyond Discovery and
Enlightenment: Recent Works on Science in the Atlantic World.” Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural, and Historical
Perspectives 7:4 (2010), 509-514.
Areas of Teaching
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
History of Medicine in the Spanish Atlantic
History of Science in the Early Modern
Slavery in Latin America & the Caribbean
Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Latin
History of Spanish Empire
Historiography of Mexico