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Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher


I am a specialist of colonial western Mexico (sixteenth through eighteenth centuries). My principal research examines the social and cultural transformation of Cuitlateca, Tepozteca, Nahua, and Purépecha peasant communities along the mid-Balsas River Depression (the so-called "hot country," or tierra caliente, of the modern-day state of Guerrero). I study how Hispanic, African and indigenous migrants were assimilated into communities during the early colonial period, particularly through Catholic lay brotherhoods that were funded by joint agricultural and stockraising pursuits. Through these cultural practices migrants were made into Indians just as indigenous collective identity and memory were themselves transformed by these nominal outsiders. By the late eighteenth century, however, agrarian pressures led to an indigenous backlash against newcomers as village brotherhoods and lands were increasingly treated as intrinsically "Indian" resources.

In addition to this ongoing project, my recent publications include the co-edited volume (with Matthew O'Hara) Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America (Duke UP, 2009) an essay exploring priest-parishioner relations in the tierra caliente during Mexico's war for independence (1810-1821), and a piece analyzing indigenous and Hispanic emotional displays as colonial performance.

At Carleton, I teach a variety of courses on both early-modern and modern Latin American history. Seminar topics include Mesoamerican society and culture, the Spanish Inquisition, the Mexican Revolution, Andean indigenous history, Chile since Allende, Mexico's Drug War, and US-Latin American relations during the Cold War.

Education & Professional History

Stanford University, BA (History & Latin American Studies), 1992

University of California, San Diego, PhD. (History), 2002

At Carleton since 2003.

Highlights & Recent Activity

“Keeping and Losing One’s Head: Composure and Emotional Outbursts as Political Performance in Late-Colonial Mexico,” in Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico, edited by Javier Villa-Flores and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2014), 168-197.

“Relaciones entre fieles y párrocos en la Tierra Caliente de Guerrero durante la época de la insurgencia, 1775-1826,” translated by Sara López Lara in Religión, política e identidad en la Independencia de México, edited by Brian Connaughton (Mexico City: UAM-Iztapalapa and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2010), 306-348.

“Juan Antonio Olavarrieta (ca. 1795-1822): Apostate Monk and Libertine Rebel,” in The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World, edited by Karen Racine and Beatriz Gallotti Mamigonian (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), 169-181.

Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America, co-edited with Matthew D. O'Hara (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

“Negotiating Two Worlds: The Free-Black Experience in Guerrero’s Tierra Caliente,” in Black Mexico: Race and Society from Colonial to Modern Times, edited by Ben Vinson III and Matthew Restall (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009), 51-71.

“Beyond Two Republics: Race and its Interpreters in Colonial Latin America,” in Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), 1-37. (co-authored with Matthew D. O’Hara)

“Creating and Contesting Community: Indians and Afromestizos in the Late-Colonial Tierra Caliente of Guerrero, Mexico,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 7, no. 1 (2006).

“Marketing Community: State Reform of Indian Village Property and Expenditure in Colonial Mexico, 1775-1810,” in Commodifying Everything: Relationships of the Market, edited by Susan Strasser (New York: Routledge, 2003), 215-234.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Historical Association

American Society for Ethnohistory

Conference on Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association (Mexico & Ethnicity, Race & Indigenous Peoples sections)

Profile updated November 8, 2018

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