Major Field: Latin American History
Other Fields: Global History
Adviser: Kathryn J. Burns
BA Messiah College
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
MA Thesis: “Forging Frontiers: Félix de Azara and the Making of the Virreinato del Río de la Plata”
Research Interests (en español | em português)
For my dissertation project, I examine the Luso-Hispanic mapping expeditions commissioned under the 1750 Treaty of Madrid and the 1777 Treaty of San Ildefonso. I focus specifically on the relationship between geographers and native peoples in the Río de la Plata region, an area that covers present-day Uruguay, southern Brazil, northeastern Argentina, and eastern Paraguay. On one hand, I investigate the ways in which Iberian mapmakers relied upon local knowledge and informants to negotiate political sovereignty and map the region’s multiethnic landscape. On the other hand, I consider the conflict between this initiative to produce a fixed imperial border and the nomadic lifestyle of many the region’s inhabitants.
Some of the keywords, and central themes, of my work include: Félix de Azara, charrúas, minuanes, cartography, mapping, Batoví, Chuy, Yapeyú, and contrabando.