Mónica Díaz

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  • Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and History
  • Chair of Hispanic Studies
  • Marie Rich Endowed Professor
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Peace Studies
1105 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-7091
Research Interests:
Availability and Teaching

Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington


Her research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ministry for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and the United States, the Newberry Library, the Lilly Library, and the Fulbright-García Robles. 

Selected Publications: 


To Be Indio in Colonial Spanish America. Editor. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017.

Women’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799. Coedited volume with Rocío Quispe-Agnoli. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Indigenous Writings from the Convent: Negotiating Ethnic Autonomy in Colonial Mexico. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.

Journal Articles

“The Indigenous Archive: Religion and Education in Eighteenth-Century Mexico.” Hispanic Review, 86.2 (2018): 167-183.

“Native Continuities in Colonial Mexico.” Early American Literature 53.2, (2018): 539-551.

The Education of Natives, Creole Clerics, and the Mexican Enlightenment.” Colonial Latin American Review, special issue: Latin American Enlightenments, eds. Karen Stolley and Mariselle Meléndez, 24.1 (2015): 60-83.

El “nuevo paradigma” de los estudios coloniales latinoamericanos: un cuarto de siglo después.” Revista de estudios hispánicos, 48 (2014): 519-547.

“‘Es honor de su nación’: Legal Rhetoric, Ethnic Alliances, and the Opening of an Indigenous Convent in Colonial Oaxaca.” Colonial Latin American Review. 22.2 (2013): 235-258.

Book Chapters

“To be Cacica in Colonial Times: The Rhetoric of “Pureza.” The Cacicas of Spanish America, 1492-1825, eds. Margarita Ochoa and Sara Guengerich. Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. 269-278.

“Nuns and Convents in Colonial Latin America.” Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies, edited by Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199766581/obo....

“La ruidosa causa de María Teresa de la Santísima Trinidad Aycinena y los lienzos pintados por los ángeles.” La presencia de la Orden del Carmen Descalzo en la Nueva España. Interacciones, transformaciones y permanencias, eds. Jessica Ramírez, Mario Sarmiento y Manuel Ramos Medina. México: INAH, 2019. 307-322.

Indio Identities in Colonial Spanish America.” To Be Indio in Colonial Spanish America, ed. Mónica Díaz. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017. 1-28.

“Uncovering Women’s Colonial Archive” (with Rocío Quispe-Agnoli). Women’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799, eds. Mónica Díaz and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli. New York: Routledge, 2017. 1-16.