Research & Publications





For more information see:

Bureaucrats, Planters, and Workers – the Making of the Tobacco Monopoly in Bourbon Mexico (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992); reprint in paperback 2010. Awarded the 1993 Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize, Honorable Mention, (Best Book in Latin American History published in English) Conference on Latin American History (1993)

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Burócratas, cosecheros y trabajadores. La formación histórica del monopolio de tabaco en el México borbónico (Universidad Veracruzana; Colegio de Michoacán; Instituto Mora, 2014)

Ilona Katzew and Susan Deans-Smith eds., Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009)

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Susan Deans-Smith and Eric Van Young eds., Mexican Soundings: Essays In Honour of David A. Brading (London: Brookings Institute Press, 2007)

Susan Deans-Smith and Gil Joseph eds., Mexico’s New Cultural History ¿Una Lucha Libre? (Duke University Press, 1999) (Special Issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review, 79, No. 2)

Recent articles, book chapters, and essays (for a complete listing see CV):

“Open the Door So That Misery May Leave”: Artisan Education and The Royal Academy of San Carlos in Late Eighteenth Century Mexico City” in Elizabeth Lewis, Mónica Bolufer Peruga, and Catherine Jaffe eds, The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), 185-200

Buen Gusto and “Manuel Tolsá’s Equestrian Statue of Charles IV in Late Colonial Mexico.” In Buen Gusto and Classicism in Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Latin America edited by Paul B. Niell and Stacie G. Widdifield (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2013)

“‘A Natural and Voluntary Dependence’: The Royal Academy of San Carlos and the Cultural Politics of Art Education in Mexico City, 1786-1797.” Bulletin of Latin American Research, Special Issue on Mexican Visual Culture, vol. 29, no. 3 (2010): 1-18

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“From Treasures to Revelations – Mobility and the Multiple Lives of the Exhibition The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820. A Curators’ Forum,” Colonial Latin American Review, 19, no. 1 (April, 2010): 209-227

“Dishonor in the Hands of Indians, Spaniards, and Blacks”: Painters and the (Racial) Politics of Painting in Early Modern Mexico” in Ilona Katzew and Susan Deans-Smith eds., Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009): 43-72

“Creating the Colonial Subject: Casta Paintings, Curiosities and Collectors in Eighteenth Century Mexico and Spain.” Colonial Latin American Review, vol. 14 2 (December) 2005: 169-204

“Casta Paintings: Visualizing Racial Mixture in Colonial Spanish America”