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Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez


Uxmal, Mexico, June 2013Uxmal, Mexico, June 28, 2013
Assistant Professor

Office: TMH-221

Email: jr59@txstate.edu

Current CV

 

Research Interests

Native Americans, Ethnohistory, Spanish Borderlands, Captivity

Dr. Rivaya-Martínez specializes in the history of the indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and the southern Great Plains during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His training in anthropology and history, along with his ability to read Spanish, French, and English, permit him to approach the subject with a broad perspective.  He uses the ethnohistorical method, incorporating ethnographic, archaeological, linguistic, and environmental evidence into his analyses of the documentary record and his interpretations of the past. He has conducted extensive archival research in Mexico, Spain, France, and the United States, accessing a massive corpus of non-English-language original sources, some previously untapped. Dr. Rivaya-Martínez uses qualitative and quantitative analyses to cement his theories, paying attention to indigenous voices and perspectives from the past and from the present. So far, his scholarship has focused primarily on the Comanche Indians, whose actions influenced decisively the history of a vast expanse on both sides of the Rio Grande. He has conducted his research in close contact with members of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. His future scholarship will retain a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach.

Refereed Publications

Journal Articles

“A Different Look at Native American Depopulation: Comanche Raiding, Captive Taking, and Population Decline.” Ethnohistory (forthcoming).

“The Captivity of Macario Leal: A Tejano among the Comanches, 1847-1854.” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 117, (4; forthcoming April 2014)

“Diplomacia interétnica en la frontera norte de Nueva España. Un análisis de los tratados hispano-comanches de 1785 y 1786 y sus consecuencias desde una perspectiva etnohistórica.” Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos, Debates, 2011 [published online on November 30, 2011]. URL: http://nuevomundo.revues.org/62228.

“San Carlos de los Jupes. Une tentative avortée de sédentarisation des bárbaros dans les territoires frontaliers du nord de la Nouvelle-Espagne en 1787-1788.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, 41 (2-3; 2011): 29-42.

Book Chapters

“La expansión comanche en la frontera norte de Nueva España durante el siglo XVIII.” In La frontera en el mundo hispánico: Tierras de convivencia y espacios de confrontación (siglos XV-XVIII), edited by Porfirio Sanz Camañes and David Rex Galindo. Quito: Abya Yala, forthcoming.

“De ‘salvajes’ a ‘imperialistas’. Un análisis de los desafíos metodológicos que plantea la historia de los indios comanches durante el período anterior a la reserva (1706-1875) a partir de una revisión crítica de la historiografía existente.” In Desafíos metodológicos para la historia de los pueblos indígenas, edited by María del Carmen León Cazares and Ana Luisa Izquierdo. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, forthcoming.

“De la civilización a la barbarie. La indianización de cautivos euroamericanos entre los indios comanches, 1820-1875.” In La indianización. Cautivos, renegados, «hommes libres» y misioneros en los confines de las Américas, s. XVI-XIX, edited by Salvador Berbnabéu Albert, Chritophe Giudicelli, and Gilles Havard, pp. 107-136. Seville: Doce Calles and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 2013.

“Becoming Comanches: Patterns of Captive Incorporation into Comanche Kinship Networks, 1820-1875.” In On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West, edited by David Wallace Adams and Crista DeLuzio, pp. 47-70. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

“Incidencia de la viruela y otras enfermedades epidémicas en la trayectoria histórico-demográfica de los indios comanches, 1706-1875.” In El impacto demográfico de la viruela en México de la época colonial al siglo XX, edited by Chantal Cramaussel, vol. 3, pp. 63-80. Zamora, Michoacán: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2010.