Research Projects

The Itinerant Lives of Painted Books: Mexican Codices and Transatlantic Knowledge in the Early Modern World
A monograph  on the production, circulation, collecting, reproduction, and interpretation of Mexican codices (illustrated manuscripts) in Europe and the Spanish Americas ca. 1540–1750, with an emphasis on trans-regional exchange, print, and the role of visual and material culture in knowledge production.

This project was awarded an  ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship at the Huntington Library (2018–2019) and a Getty Research Institute Fellowship for 2013–2014 for its Scholars Program yearly theme on “Connecting Seas: Cultural and Artistic Exchanges.”


Visual History: The Past in Pictures
Collaborative research project with Vanessa Schwartz (USC)

First stage (2016–2017), funded by the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar program, involved a postdoctoral fellow, two graduate fellows, a co-taught graduate seminar, six half-day workshops, and a two-day conference.
Second stage involves the publication of a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Representations and a co-edited book.