My research focuses on war, gender, and subjectivity in early modern Spanish thought, as well as visual culture, cultural studies, and book history in colonial Spanish America. Other research interests that I pursue through course offerings include: urban studies, border studies, gender studies, postcolonial theory and literature, modern and postmodern theory.


Cornell University, Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies

Hampshire College, B.A. in Liberal Arts, concentration: Social Theory

Other Publications

“Deploying the Classics: Military Humanism and Social Mobility in Spanish Military Manuals,” The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 46.3 (Winter 2015): 603-623

“Early Modern Expressions of Nationhood in French and Dutch Translations of Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Brevísima relación,” Traversea, Vol. 4 (2014): 34-41 (co-authored with N. Faber)

“Masculinity, War, and Pursuit of Glory in Sepúlveda’s Gonzalo,” in Hispanic Review, Vol. 80.3, 2012

“Contesting the Word: The Crown and the Printing Press in Colonial Spanish America,” in Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia, special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, ed. Alexander S. Wilkinson, LXXXIX, 2012

“Myth and Prophecy in Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Crusading ‘Exhortación,’” in Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, 35.1, 12/2010

“Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King, New York: Oxford University Press, 09/2016

Rev. of Los De fato et libero arbitrio libri tres de Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Joaquín J. Sánchez Gázquez. Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique 3-4: 2016



A book project, The Cultures of War in Early Modern Spain, is about the cultural practices that generated and supported the Spanish Empire’s nascent military industry and the broader imperial project. The source materials for the study include literary texts about war, political treatises, military manuals, renaissance dialogues, chronicles, images of fortification design, and accounts of triumphal entries.


The Sixteenth Century Society
Renaissance Society of America
Modern Language Association

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