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Kevin Terraciano


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    TERRA@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  5353 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-8410

Kevin Terraciano is Professor of History, Director of the Latin American Institute, and co-chair of the Latin American Studies Graduate Program at UCLA. 

RESEARCH

Terraciano specializes in Latin American history, especially Mexico and the Indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico (especially Nahuatl, Mixtec, and Zapotec) in the colonial period. He is the author of the 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 received many prizes for his research and publications, and for his teaching and graduate mentoring.  

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

"Parallel Nahuatl and Pictorial Texts in the Mixtec Codex Sierra Texupan." Ethnohistory, 62: 3 (Fall, 2015).

"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.

- see version of this chapter in English, published in Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World (Yale University Press, 2011).

 

• “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.



CURRENT BOOK PROJECTS 

Codex Sierra Texupan

The translation and analysis of a sixteenth-century Nahuatl-language and pictorial manuscript called the Codex Sierra, from the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

• Object, Value, Canon

A co-edited volume of essays from the Getty Research Institute's Scholars Program of 2014-15, with Professor Larry Silver (Art History, University of Pennsylvania).

 

• The Florentine Codex

A co-edited volume of essays from the conference at UCLA (Clark Library) and the Getty Center in 2015, with Professor Emerita Jeanette Peterson (Art History, UC Santa Barbara).

 

Memories of the Conquest of Mexico

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

 

La Casa de la Cacica

The history of a Mixtec palace in Teposcolula, Oaxaca called “la Casa de la Cacica”, co-authored with Professor Bas van Doesburg (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

 

Zapotexts

The translation and analysis of colonial Zapotec-language writings from the Valley of Oaxaca, with Professor Pamela Munro (Linguistics, UCLA) et al. 



TEACHING

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. 

Nahuatl Instruction

As of Fall 2015, the Latin American Institute (LAI) is sponsoring the instruction of Elementary Nahuatl at UCLA. As the founder of the course and LAI Director, Terraciano is the instructor of record for these courses. In 2015-16 the LAI offered three courses of Elementary Nahuatl (M5A-C) with the support of funding from the US Department of Education. The courses are cross-listed by three contributing departments: Latin American Studies (through International Area Studies); Chicana/o Studies; and Indigenous Languages of the Americas (through Spanish & Portuguese). Terraciano uses a distance-learning program to co-teach the course with a native-language instructor in Mexico, Eduardo de la Cruz, who is trained to teach his language at the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ). This year (2016-17) the LAI is offering a second Intermediary level (M15A-C) for students who are continuing from last year, in addition to the Elementary courses. The UCLA Academic Senate has approved the M5A-C series to fulfill the one-year undergraduate foreign language requirement. In the curriculum development and instruction of these courses, and the pedagogical training of the native-language instructors, the LAI is partnering and sharing expenses with the Latin American Centers at Stanford University and the University of Utah.

Graduate Mentoring
Terraciano has chaired or co-chaired the dissertation committees of 15 students in Latin American history who have received PhDs at UCLA in the last 15 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 Cuba, Puebla, and Oaxaca to memories of Inca ceremonies 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. 

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Awards

PRIZES FOR BOOKS AND ARTICLES

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). 

PRESENTATIONS 

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).

Selected Publications

"Parallel Nahuatl and Pictorial Texts in the Mixtec Codex Sierra Texupan." Ethnohistory, 62: 3 (Fall, 2015).

"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.

- see version of this chapter in English, published in Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World (Yale University Press, 2011).

“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.

Research

Terraciano specializes in Latin American history, especially Mexico and the Indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico (especially Nahuatl, Mixtec, and Zapotec) in the colonial period. He is the author of the 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 received many prizes for his research and publications, and for his teaching and graduate mentoring.

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Elementary Nahuatl

Intermediate Nahuatl

Colonial Latin America

Honors Contracts

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2017 Winter Quarter

Elementary Nahuatl

Intermediate Nahuatl

Topics in History: Latin America

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Elementary Nahuatl

2016 Winter Quarter

Elementary Nahuatl

Atlantic Exchanges

Topics in History: Latin America

2015 Fall Quarter

Elementary Nahuatl

Colonial Latin America

2015 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2014 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Latin America

2013 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

2013 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2013 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Latin America

2012 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

2011 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2011 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Latin America

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2010 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2010 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2010 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Colonial Latin American History

2010 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Colonial Latin American History

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2009 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2009 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2008 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2008 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Latin American Studies

2008 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2007 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Advanced Historiography: Latin America

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2006 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2006 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2006 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Latin America

2005 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Latin Americanist Scholarship

2005 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Colonial Latin American History

2004 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Summer Session

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2003 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Advanced Historiography: Latin America

2002 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

2002 Summer Session

Colonial Latin America

2002 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Topics in History: Latin America

2001 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Indians of Colonial Mexico

2001 Spring Quarter

Indians of Colonial Mexico

Topics in History: Latin America

2001 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

2000 Spring Quarter

Indians of Colonial Mexico

Topics in History: Latin America

1999 Fall Quarter

Colonial Latin America

Previous Courses by Course

CHICANO M5C
Elementary Nahuatl

2016 Spring Quarter

I A STD M5C
Elementary Nahuatl

2016 Spring Quarter

HIST 98T
Atlantic Exchanges

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 201I
Topics in History: Latin America

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

I A STD M5B
Elementary Nahuatl

2016 Winter Quarter

CHICANO M5B
Elementary Nahuatl

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 8A
Colonial Latin America

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Summer Session

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

CHICANO M5A
Elementary Nahuatl

2015 Fall Quarter

I A STD M5A
Elementary Nahuatl

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST 157B
Indians of Colonial Mexico

2015 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2008 Summer Session

2006 Summer Session

LATN AM 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

LATN AM 205
Latin Americanist Scholarship

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

HIST 266B
Seminar: Colonial Latin American History

2010 Spring Quarter

HIST 266A
Seminar: Colonial Latin American History

2010 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

LATN AM 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Latin American Studies

2008 Summer Session

HIST 200I
Advanced Historiography: Latin America

2007 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

HIST 165C
Indians of Colonial Mexico

2004 Summer Session

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 197F
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Winter Quarter

HIST 197G
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Winter Quarter