Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Research Expertise and Interest

colonial period in México, internal colonialism in Mexico, Jesuits (Loyola, Acosta, Baegert), Baroque and Enlightenment from a colonial perspective, technology and environment, drainage of Mexico City lakes, Christianity and Pre-Hispanic religions.


I am currently working on two projects: The first one has to do with the long process of the drainage of the lakes of Mexico City starting in 1607 and finished during the Porfiriato or—depending on the sources and the perspective—unfinished until now. I am interested in analyzing the relationships among technology, religion, culture, and government articulated by the Mexicas, the Spanish empire, and the Mexican nation as seen in their handling of the climatic and hydrographic situation of Mexico City’s location.

In the second project, I’m studying the role of the colonization of America from the 15th century onward in the development of new epistemologies and political theories. I want to explore the ways in which first, the unprecedented violence of conquest and colonization, and secondly, the need for a correct administration of the colonies, brought about important theoretical, technological, and epistemological changes which may have been conceived to be practiced in the colonies, but which in the long run transformed the way Europe understood and fashioned itself.

Recent publications:

“Mexico’s Re-colonization: Unrestrained Violence, Rule of Law and the Creation of a New Order.” Ivonne del Valle, Estelle Tarica (ed.) Política común 7 (2015). Web.

Radical Politics and/or Rule of Law in Mexico. Ivonne del Valle, Estelle Tarica (ed.) Política común 7 (2015). Web.

Carl Schmitt and the Early Modern World. Ivonne del Valle, John D. Blanco (ed.) Política común Special Issue 5 (2014). Web.*

“Reorienting Schmitt’s Nomos: Political Theology, and Colonial (and Other) Exceptions in the Creation of Modern and Global Worlds” (With John D. Blanco).

“José de Acosta: Colonial Regimes for a Globalized Christian World.” Santa Arias and Raúl Marrero Fente (ed.) Coloniality, Religion and the Law in the Early Iberian World. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 2014. 3 – 26. Print.

“From José de Acosta to the Enlightenment: Barbarians, Climate Change and (Colonial) Technology as the End of History.” Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.4 (2013): 435-459. Print.

“José de Acosta, Violence and Rhetoric: the Emergence of Colonial Baroque.” Crystal Chemris (ed.) Calíope: Transatlantic Baroque 18.2 (2013): 46 – 72. Print.

“Grandeza mexicana and the Lakes of Mexico City: Economy and Ontology in Colonial Technological Development. ”Ana Maria Mutis and Elizabeth Pettinaroli (ed.) Troubled Waters. Rivers in Latin American Imagination. Vanderbilt UP- Hispanic Issues Online 12 (Spring 2013): 38 – 54. Web

“On Shaky Ground: Hydraulics, State Foundation, and Colonialism in Sixteenth Century México.” Hispanic Review 77.2 (Spring 2009): 197 – 220. Print.

“Poéticas de la frontera: repensando colonización, imperialismo y siglo XVIII desde las periferias.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 43.2 (2009): 271 – 300. Print.

Escribiendo desde los márgenes: colonialismo y jesuitas en el siglo XVIII. México: Siglo XXI Editores, 2009. Print.

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