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Dr. José Espericueta

Jose Espericueta

Office: Carpenter Hall 211

Phone: 972-821-5354


Dr. José Espericueta received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2011 in Latin American Literature with a minor in History. His dissertation focuses on the Colonial Period in Mexico and questions of cultural and ethnic identity among mestizo populations. His research interests include transculturation, historical processes of colonialism, Mexican national identity, immigration, and U.S. Latino populations.


PhD, Latin American Literature, Indiana University. Dissertation: Exploring Mexico's Multi-Ethnic History: Juan Bautista de Pomar, Diego Muñoz Camargo, and the Role of the Local Indigenous Community in Sixteenth-Century New Spain
M.A., Hispanic Literature, Miami University of Ohio. Thesis: Un camino purificativo: Negación sanjuanina y desengaño en El pastor de Nochebuena de Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
B.A., English Literature and Spanish, Knox College

Select Presentations

“Juan Bautista de Pomar, Diego Muñoz de Camargo, and the Relaciones Geográficas in the wake of the Spanish Crown’s 1577 Censorship of Indigenous Writings.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana, October 16-19, 2014.

“Writing Identity and Place: Diego Muñoz Camargo and the History of Tlaxcala.” Latin American Studies Association, Thirty-Second Annual International Congress. Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

"Epistemologies in Migration: Changing Approaches to the New in the Imperial Histories of Peter Martyr, Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo and Juan López de Velasco." Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature. Lincoln, Nebraska, October 12-14, 2012.

"Revising the mestizo myth: Juan Bautista de Pomar, Diego Muñoz Camargo, and Sixteenth-century Ethnic Identities." Latin American Studies Association, Thirtieth Annual International Congress. San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.

"Diego Muñoz Camargo and the Strategy of Ambivalence: Indigenous Ethnography in Descripción de la ciudad y provincial de Tlaxcala." Sixty-fifth Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 19-21, 2012.

"Reading Identity from the Altepetl: Juan Bautista de Pomar's Relación de Texcoco." International Symposium: "Reconciling Portraits of Pre-Hispanic Mexico: Texcoco and Current Aztec Studies." University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. April 16-17, 2010.

"Juan Bautista de Pomar and the Discourse of Moral Authority in Relación de Texcoco." The Second Annual Chimalpahin Conference: Colonial and Post-Colonial Remembering and Forgetfulness. Mexico City, Mexico. October 15-18, 2007.


“Writing Virtue and Indigenous Rights: Juan Bautista de Pomar and the Relación de Texcoco.” Forthcoming in Hispania 98.2 (2015).

“Juan Bautista de Pomar and the Appropriation of Christian Discourse in Relación de Texcoco.” Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Student Conference. June 8, 2007. Published in: Interstitial Readings:  Selected Proceedings of the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies' 25th Annual Graduate Student Conference," ed. Megan Moore.  Chicago:  Newberry Library, 2007.  44-57. Invited submission.


Levin Rojo, Danna. Return to Aztlan: Indians, Spaniards, and the Invention of Nuevo México. Catholic Southwest 25 (2014): 86-7.

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