My work focuses on colonial Latin America, especially on race and racialization under Spanish colonialism, as well as history and historiography, archaeology and materiality, and indigenous studies (with a special focus on Nahuatl textuality). Currently, I am working on a book tentatively titled Concentration and the Infrastructure of Race in Colonial Mexico that traces a genealogy of the forms and practices of spatial concentration as a technology of governance. It argues that the sites at which specific bodies and objects were brought together for particular ends constitute the spatial condition of possibility for the emergence and consolidation of new racial categories as well as racialized modes of governance and thought. One of the key questions I consider is the relation between specific material and architectonic forms—from centralized towns, disciplinary institutions, and segregated neighborhoods to specialized markets and general archives—and social formations.
Recent and Selected Publications
“Biopolitics in Colonial/Postcolonial Latin America.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 3. Eds. Alberto Moreiras and José Luis Villacañas. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.
“Primitive Spiritual Accumulation and the Colonial Extraction Economy.” Política Común 5 (2014). Special issue on “Carl Schmitt and the Early Modern World.” Eds. John D. Blanco and Ivonne del Valle. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/pc/12322227.0005.003?view=text;rgn=main
“Archaeology in the Lettered City.” Colonial Latin American Review 23.2 (2014): 197-223.
“‘To Avoid This Mixture’: Rethinking Pulque in Colonial Mexico City.” Food and Foodways 19.1-2 (2011): 98-121.
“Governor Sancho and the Politics of Insularity.” Hispanic Review 78.1 (Winter 2010): 1-23.
“(Re)producing Empire: Góngora’s Soledades, Productive Space, and the Reversal of Spanish Decline.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 85.5 (2008): 639-58.