Welcome to my website!
I am a PhD Candidate in Colonial Latin American History at Penn State University, working under the direction of Martha Few and Matthew Restall. I have served as both a teaching and research assistant, and I am currently an editorial assistant for the Hispanic American Historical Review. You can access my profile on Penn State’s Department of History website here.
My research interests are in sixteenth-century Mexico, Nahuatl, human-animal studies, and cultural exchange. My dissertation is titled “Managing the Herd: Nahuas and Livestock in Sixteenth-Century New Spain,” and it demonstrates how interactions with animals like cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and chickens were pivotal for connecting Nahuas to the early Spanish colonial government and served as a driving force for cultural change. I aim to show how animals fostered indigenous peoples’ participation in colonialism in myriad–yet often conflicting–ways.
I’ve conducted preliminary research at the Archive of the Indies in Seville and Mexico City’s National Archive. I’ve presented at conferences like Ethnohistory, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Northeastern Nahuatl Scholars Conference at Yale University. This summer, I plan to return to Mexico City and complete a short-term fellowship at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington.