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José Carlos de la Puente

Dr. De la PuenteAssociate Professor
Office:  TMH 227
Phone:  512.245.2240

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests
Dr. De la Puente works on colonial Latin America, especially indigenous political and legal cultures and state building in the Andes. Los curacas hechiceros de Jauja, his first book, examined the politics of witchcraft accusations among native elite families in seventeenth-century Jauja. Andean Cosmopolitans, his current book project, is the first in-depth study about the transatlantic journeys of native Andeans to the Habsburg royal court. It has won the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH 2015 Faculty Grant). Dr. De la Puente has also published about native accounting technologies and systems of land tenure and territorial representation.

Recent Publications

  • “Choquecasa va a la audiencia: cronistas, litigantes y el debate sobre la autoría del Manuscrito quechua de Huarochirí.” Histórica 39. 1: 139-158.
  •  “That Which Belongs to All: Khipus, Community, and Indigenous Legal Activism in the Early Colonial Andes.” The Americas 72.1 (2015): 19-54.
    •   Winner of the 2015 Tibesar Prize, for best article to appear in the previous volume year
  • “The Many Tongues of the King: Indigenous Language Interpreters and the Making of the Spanish Empire.” Colonial Latin American Review 23.2 (2014): 143-70.
  • (With Marco Curatola Petrocchi) El quipu colonial. Estudios y materiales. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2013.

Courses Taught

HIST 2311 World History to 1500
HIST 2312 World History since 1500
HIST 3322 Colonial Latin America to 1828
HIST 3324 Latin America from Independence to Present
HIST 5324D Writing the History of Latin America: The Colonial Era
HIST 5324B African and Native Experiences under Spanish Colonial Rule