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Peter B. Villella

Dr. Peter B. Villella

Contact Information

Email: villella@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 2108
Office Phone: 336-334-3986


Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2009
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 2005
B.A., University of Virginia, 2001

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010-
Lecturer, University of California-Los Angeles, 2009

Courses Taught

  • HIS 239: The First America: Latin America, 1492-1826
  • HIS 240: (Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810
  • HIS 319: Sugar, Soccer, Samba: History of Brazil
  • HIS 320: History of Mexico and Central America
  • HIS 321: Latin America and the United States
  • HIS 508 seminars:
    • Utopianism in Latin America, 1492-1849
    • "Indians" and the Nation in Latin America
    • Revolution and Reform in Modern Latin America

Research Interests

  • Colonial Spanish and Portuguese America
  • Indigenous cultures of the Americas
  • Intellectual and legal history of colonial Mexico

Recent Publications

  • Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • "The Last Acolhua: Alva Ixtlilxochitl and Elite Native Historiography in Early New Spain," Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 1 (2014).
  • "Indian Lords, Hispanic Gentlemen: The Salazars of Colonial Tlaxcala," The Americas 69, no. 1 (2012).
  • "'Pure and Noble Indians, Untainted by Inferior Idolatrous Races': Native Elites and the Discourse of Blood Purity in Late-Colonial Mexico," Hispanic American Historical Review 91, no. 4 (2011).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions and Translations, 2014-17
  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2012-13
  • Research Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2011
  • Helm Research Fellow, Lilly Library, Bloomington, IN, 2010
  • José Amor y Vázquez Fellow, John Carter Brown University, Providence, RI, 2008
  • Other awards listed on Vitae.

Curriculum Vitae

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