I am a historian specializing in the study of colonial Latin American and Indigenous history. My research combines the methods of digital, spatial, environmental and ethno-history as a means to recover the history of marginalized peoples.
At the core, I am animated by the possibility of uncovering previously untold (hi)stories and turning well-known stories upside down.
In my research, I experiment with the use of digital tools to reconstruct a history 'from below,' especially that of Indigenous peoples during the early modern era. I specialize in the history of contact-era and early colonial Peru, but my interest in early modern Indigenous-European encounters spans the Western hemisphere
My research shares three fundamental goals with my research: innovation, immersion, and inclusion. I am constantly experimenting with teaching methods, including ways to immerse my students in the 'foreign-ness' of the past. I always seek alternative voices - in both subject matter and among my students themselves - as a means to create a more inclusive pedagogy and research agenda. For this last goal, I argue American History - by this I mean the history of the Americas - is Indigenous history just as Indigenous history is American history.
My past and ongoing research projects pose the following questions: