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Faculty Experts



-The Peruvian Colonial Inquisition and the Politics of Mysticism.  Indoamerican revolutionary movements in the 20th century. The causes of revolutions and their significance in shaping present Indoamerican History. -The Encounter between Europe and the unnamed world baptized as the "New World." -Religious reformers in Latin America and their influence in the birth and development of the "New World."

-Currently working on two book projects, Creole Utopia: Francisco de La Cruz, the Inquisition of Lima and the Politics of Mysticism (working title).  I am also completing preliminary research on another book on Indoamerican revolution, Artigas' Heirs: The MLN-Tupamaros and the Struggle for the "Second Liberation" of Uruguay (working title), a monograph on the evolution and history of the Uruguayan National Liberation Movent (MLN-Tupamaros), their revolutionary struggle and their later accomplishments in the democratically elected government of Uruguay.


-Another Face of Empire: Bartolomé de Las Casas, Human Rights and Ecclesiastical Imperialism.  Duke University Press, 2007.

-Ed.Revolution and Revolutionaries: Guerrilla Movements in Latin American History, Wilmington, Delaware Scholarly Resources,1999.

-"Misticismo y Política: El caso de María Pizarro, Fray Francisco de la Cruz y la Inquisición de Lima" Chapter in Visiones del Perú: Académicos peruanos en el extranjero, (Cristina Alcalde and Joseph Zavala, editors, Academia Diplomática del Perú,  February 2008. 

-"Che Vive" Review Essay of Paul J. Dosal, Comandante Ché: Guerrilla Soldier, Commander and Strategist, 1956-1967 (American Communist History, March 2006)

-"Beatas, visionarios e imperialismo eclesiástico: María de Pizarro, Fray Francisco de la Cruz y otras inquisiciones," Josefa Salmón and Guillermo Delgado, Editors, Identidad, ciudadanía y participación popular desde la colonial al siglo XX, Asociación de Estudios Bolivianos/Bolivian Studies Association, La Paz, Bolivia, 2003.

-"Bartolomé de Las Casas: Peacemaker in the Land of War," Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, 2001.

-The General and the Judge: The Case Of General Augusto Pinochet and the Universal Search for Justice.?  (And Justice for All, Southwestern University, 2001).

-"The Interminable War: Guerrilla Movements in Latin American History."  "The Iron Legions: Women and Armed Struggle in Peru, 1980-1992." in Revolution and Revolutionaries: A History of Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, 1999). Translation: "The Revolutionary Path." Luis de la Puente, in Ibid.

-"Luchando por la otra mitad del cielo: Mujer y política en Amauta," (Simposio Internacional Amauta y su Época, Editorial Amauta, Lima, 1998). 

-"War Is Our Daily Life: Women's Participation in Sendero Luminoso." (Confronting Change, Challenging Tradition: Women in Latin American History.  Gertrude Yeager, ed. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., 1994) 

-Translations from Spanish, "Concerning the Education of Women" by Teresa de Fanning; and "A Comparative Study of Women's Intelligence and Beauty" by Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera,  in Ibid.

-Also wrote, directed and photographed a documentary about migrant farmworkers entitled "A Desalambrar".

Seminars & Presentations

"Strangers in a Strange Land: Las Casas and the Inca Garcilaso in the Colonial Archipelago," paper presented in the colloquium "There is Only One World:"; Garcilaso in Dialogue with Today's World-Making. John's Hopkins University, May 4-5, 2009.

"To Be or not to Be: Consciousness and Resistance in the 'Other' Americas." Second Latino Heritage Symposium, February 25, 2006.

"Identity, Assimilation and Struggle in the Latino Archipelago." Latino Heritage Symposium. Southwestern University March 5, 2005 

Guest Lecture, "Latin American Revolutionary Movements in the Twentieth Century: An Overview." Lecture delivered at George Washington University Seminar on Latin American Revolutions, November 2, 2004.

"Empire and Human Rights: Las Casas' Utopias and Dystopias," presented in the seminar "Globalization, Human Rights and the Legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas." Johns Hopkins University October 29, 2004

"War without End: Revolution and Revolutionaries in Indoamerica and the New Millennium." Lecture delivered at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, March 11, 2002.

Co-director and co-organizer Brown Symposium,"España y América :Cultural Encounter, Enduring Legacy," Southwestern University February 4 and 5, 1999....


"Alumbradismo" in the Andes: Fray Francisco de la Cruz, the Inquisition of Lima, and the Politics of Ecclesiastical Imperialism.? First Conference of the International Society for Society for Inquisition studies. Springfield, Missouri, February 8-10, 2008.

"The Bishop and the Colonizers: Bartolomé de Las Casas' Last Journey in the Americas." Paper presented at the RMCLAS conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico January 26, 2007

"Alumbradismo the Politics of Mysticism and Lima's Colonial Inquisition," Paper presented at the SCOLAS conference in Albuquerque New Mexico, March 1-4, 2006.

"Imperialism and Human Rights: Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Realities in the Work of Bartolomé de Las Casas." Presented at the 52nd Annual Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies conference, March 31-April 3, 2005 Tucson, Arizona. Panel chair "Changing Connections Between Power and Text."

"Visionaries, Alumbrados and the New Pope: Francisco de La Cruz and the Inquisition in Colonial Peru." Paper presented at the Southwestern Historical Association Annual Meeting March 23-26, 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Creole Utopia: Alumbrados Visionaries and Inquisitors in Colonial Peru." Paper presented at the Gulf Coast Consortium of Latin American Colonialists, Tulane University, February 7, 2004.

"Another Face of Empire: Bartolomé de Las Casas and Ecclesiastical Imperialism in Colonial Indoamerica"/ "Otro Rostro del Imperio: Bartolomé de Las Casas y el imperialismo eclesiástico en la Indoamerica colonial." Paper presented at the 51º Congreso Internacional de Americanistas/ 51st Congress of Americanists. Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, July 16-19, 2003

"Beatas and Iluminados: María Pizarro, Francisco de la Cruz, the Politics of Mysticism and the Peruvian Inquisition." Paper presented at the 50th Annual Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference in Tempe, Arizona, February, 2003.

"Beatas, Visionaries and Ecclesiastical Imperialism: María de Pizarro, Fray Francisco de la Cruz and Other Inquisitions." Paper presented at the I Bolivian Studies Conference, Tulane and Loyola Universities, New Orleans, March 16, 2002.

Discussant, "The Baroque in Eighteenth Century Mexico." American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Conference. Loyola and Tulane Universities, New Orleans, April 18-22, 2001.

"Other Inquisitions: Punishment, Women, and Culture in Peru's Colonial Inquisition, XVI-XVIII Centuries" The Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 2000.

Honors & Awards

Teacher of the Year Award, Southwestern University, 2004.

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
-Latin American cultural, social and political history, Colonial-present -Indoamerican Revolutionary Movements -Imperialism -Guerrilla War and women guerrillas in the Andean region -Latin American cinema and literature

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? yes

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Contact Details:
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