I teach colonial Latin American history at Boston College, with a particular interest in the broader Spanish empire and the meeting points between history and fiction.

My current research project focuses on a sensational caseĀ from 1800 in Guatemala. (Think corpse mutilation!) Bringing together histories of urban space, enlightenment medicine, sexuality, and criminal justice, the project showcases Guatemala at a transition point between colonial and modern.

More broadly, my research looks atĀ the history of documents, the period of Bourbon reforms in the eighteenth century, and the history of empire.