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Latin America

Research Interests

Terraciano specializes in Latin American history, particularly Mexico and the Indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico (especially Nahuatl, Mixtec, and Zapotec) in the colonial period.


Kevin Terraciano is Professor of History, Director of the Latin American Institute, and co-chair of the Latin American Studies Graduate Program at UCLA. From the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015, he will be on leave from UCLA as a Getty Research Institute Scholar.

Terraciano is the author of award-winning book, The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca, recently translated into Spanish by El Fondo de Cultura Económica, among other books and research articles. He has won many prizes and awards for his research and publications, and for his teaching and graduate mentoring.


"Narrativas de Tlatelolco sobre la Conquista de México."Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl, v. 47 (enero-junio), 2014.

Los mixtecos de la Oaxaca colonial: La historia ñudzahui del siglo xvi al xviii. Translation of The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca by Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2013.

“Memorias contrapuestas de la conquista de México.” In Miradas comparadas en los virreinatos de América, ed. by Ilona Katzew. Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia; CONACULTA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2012.


Codex Sierra
The translation and analysis of a sixteenth-century Nahuatl-language manuscript called the Codex Sierra.

La Casa de la Cacica
The history of a Mixtec palace in Teposcolula, Oaxaca called “la Casa de la Cacica”, co-authored with Bas van Doesburg.

Memories of the Conquest of Mexico
A history of the Conquest of Mexico, based on multiple texts and images from the 16th-18th centuries.

The translation and analysis of colonial Zapotec-language writings from the Valley of Oaxaca, with Pamela Munro, Michael Galant, et al.


Undergraduate Instruction
Terraciano teaches various undergraduate lecture courses and seminars on Latin America, beginning with History 8A, Introduction to Colonial Latin America. He also works independently with students on honors theses and research projects. In 2001, he won the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. He has received two Faculty Recognition awards from the UCLA Academic Advancement Program. In 2012 he received the UCLA Faculty Gold Shield Prize for Academic Excellence, given annually to a faculty member in mid-career who combines outstanding research and undergraduate teaching.

Graduate Mentoring
Terraciano has chaired or co-chaired the dissertation committees of 14 students in Latin American history who have received PhDs at UCLA in the last 14 years, and is currently advising several doctoral students. The dissertations of his advisees have addressed numerous research topics related to Colonial Latin America, from indigenous histories of southern, central and northern Mexico to race, class, and gender in Guatemala City, from slavery in late colonial Cuba to public festivals in colonial Peru. He has also worked with numerous students in the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies and American Indian Studies MA programs. And he has served on dissertation committees in other fields of history and in other disciplines, including Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Archaeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Law, Linguistics, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese.


Finally, Terraciano continues to serve the university, profession, and Los Angeles community in numerous ways.

Selected Publications

“Voices from the Other Side: Native Views from New Spain, Peru, and North America.” In The Atlantic World c.1450-c.1850, ed. by Philip Morgan and Nicholas Canny. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“History: Ethnohistory: Mesoamerica.” Co-edited with Lisa Sousa. Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol. 66. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.

“A Historiography of New Spain.” Co-authored with Lisa Sousa. In The Historiography of Latin America, ed. by Jose Moya. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Three Texts in One: Book XII of the Florentine Codex.” Ethnohistory, vol. 57 (1) 2010.

“La genealogía de la memoria social indígena: Las construcciones estratégicas del pasado en los títulos primordiales del valle de Oaxaca.” Co-authored with Lisa Sousa, in Andrew Roth Seneff (ed.), Caras y máscaras del México étnico: La participación indígena en las formaciones del Estado mexicano, vol. I. Zamora, México: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2010.

“Three Views of the Conquest of Mexico from the Other Mexica.” In The Conquest of Mexico All Over Again, ed. by Susan Schroeder. London: Sussex Academic Press, 2010.

"Los mercaderes en la Mixteca Alta durante la época colonial." In Bases de la complejidad social en Oaxaca, ed. by Nelly Robles. Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2009.

“La escritura alfabética en lengua mixteca de la época colonial.” In Memorias del coloquio Francisco Belmar: Conferencias sobre lenguas Otomangues y Oaxaqueñas, ed. by Ausencia López Cruz and Michael Swanton, vol. 2. Oaxaca: Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa; Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas; Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juárez” de Oaxaca; Colegio Superior para la Educación Integral Intercultural de Oaxaca; Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, 2008.

“Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish American Society.” In The Blackwell Companion to Latin American History, edited by Thomas H. Holloway. Blackwell Publishers, 2008.

“The People of Two Hearts and the One God from Castile: Ambivalent Responses to Christianity in Early Colonial Oaxaca.” In Religion in New Spain: Varieties of Colonial Religious Experience, edited by Susan Schroeder and Stafford Poole. University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

Mesoamerican Voices: Native-Language Writings from Colonial Mexico, Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Guatemala, edited and translated with Lisa Sousa and Matthew Restall. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

"Reading Women into Mixtec Writings." In Essays in Honor of Mary Elizabeth Smith, edited by Elizabeth Boone. Tulane University Press, 2005.



Terraciano's first book, The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca (Stanford University Press, 2001), received the Wheeler-Voegelin Award from the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book published in the field of ethnohistory in 2001, the Cline Prize from the Conference on Latin American History for the best book on the Indians of Latin America published in 2001 and 2002, and the Bolton-Johnson Prize (honorable mention) from the Conference on Latin American History (American Historical Association) for the best book on the history of Latin America published in 2001.

book abstract: The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca

Three of Terraciano’s research articles have won awards in recent years. He received the Heizer Prize from the American Society for Ethnohistory for an article titled "Crime and Culture in Colonial Mexico: the Case of the Mixtec Murder Note" (Ethnohistory 45:4, 1998). Another article, titled "The Colonial Mixtec Community," published in the Hispanic American Historical Review (80:1, 2000), won the Robertson prize from the Conference on Latin American History. In 2004, Terraciano and Lisa Sousa received the Heizer Prize from the American Society for Ethnohistory for an article titled "The 'Original Conquest' of Oaxaca: Late Colonial Nahuatl and Mixtec Accounts of the Spanish Conquest” (Ethnohistory, 50:2, Spring 2003).


Terraciano continues to present papers and give talks in local, national, and international settings to academic and public audiences.

Upcoming Conferences and Presentations

Acting as presidente of a panel at the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México, in Chicago (Sept. 18-21, 2014).

Presenting two papers and commenting on two panels at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, in Indianapolis (Oct. 8-11, 2014).

Co-organizing with Jeanette Peterson (Art History, UCSB) a conference on the Florentine Codex at the UCLA Clark Library and the Getty Research Institute (April 17-18, 2015).

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