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José Carlos de la Puente

Dr. De la PuenteAssociate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Office:  TMH 215
Phone:  512.245.2240

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José Carlos de la Puente is an associate professor of history at Texas State University. His first book, Los curacas hechiceros de Jauja (2007), examined the politics of witchcraft accusations among native elite families in the central highlands of seventeenth-century Peru. Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court (2018), his most recent book, is the first in-depth study about the transatlantic journeys of native Andeans to the Habsburg royal court. His research has won the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard’s International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, and the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana, among others. Dr. De la Puente has also published about native accounting technologies, indigenous chroniclers and litigants, the colonial Inka nobility, and indigenous systems of land tenure and territorial representation.

Recent Publications

  • Calendars in Knotted Cords: New Evidence on How Khipus Captured Time in Nineteenth-Century Cuzco and Beyond. Ethnohistory 66, no. 3 (2019): 437-464.
  • Painting the Canvas of the Great Andean Uprising: Recent Research on the Age of Tupac Amaru. Latin American Research Review, 53(2), 381–387.

  • Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2018.

    • Winner of the Flora Tristán Award of the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association for best book on Peru published the previous year

  • "Incas pecheros y caballeros hidalgos: la desintegración del orden incaico y la génesis de la nobleza incaica colonial en el Cuzco del siglo XVI." Revista Andina 54: 9-95 (2017).

    • Winner of the “José María Arguedas Best Article Prize” of the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association, awarded to the best article on Peru published the previous year

  • "Guardianes de la real justicia: alcaldes de indios y justicia local en los Andes." Histórica 40. 2 (2016): 11-48 (with Renzo Honores).

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