Dr. Peter B. Villella
Office: MHRA 2121
Office Phone: 336-334-3986
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2009
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 2005
B.A., University of Virginia, 2001
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2016-
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010-2016
Lecturer, University of California-Los Angeles, 2009
- HIS 239: The First America: Latin America, 1492-1826
- HIS 240: (Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810
- HIS 318: Revolution and Reform in Modern Latin America
- HIS 319: Sugar, Soccer, Samba: History of Brazil
- HIS 320: History of Mexico and Central America
- HIS 321: Latin America and the United States
- HIS 508 seminars:
- The Great Debates of Colonial Latin America
- Utopianism in Latin America, 1492-1849
- "Indians" and the Nation in Latin America
- Colonial Spanish and Portuguese America
- Indigenous cultures of the Americas
- Creolism and national identity in the Americas
- Intellectual and legal history of colonial Mexico
I am currently part of a multi-university team of scholars working, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to study, translate, and annotate the Historia de la nación chichimeca, an important Spanish-language chronicle of pre-Hispanic central Mexico based on indigenous sources and memories. Written by Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, a seventeenth-century historian of mixed Spanish and Nahua (Aztec) heritage, the original manuscript was considered lost for almost two centuries before being rediscovered and repatriated to Mexico as part of the so-called Codex Chimalpahin.
- Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
- Co-editor (with Pablo García Loaeza, Amber Brian, and Bradley Benton), Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Historia de la nación chichimeca (México: Cien de México,
- "'For So Long the Memories of Men Cannot Contradict It': Nahua Patrimonial Restorationism and the Law in Early New Spain," Ethnohistory 63, no. 4 (2016)
- "The Last Acolhua: Alva Ixtlilxochitl and Elite Native Historiography in Early New Spain," Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 1 (2014).
- "Indian Lords, Hispanic Gentlemen: The Salazars of Colonial Tlaxcala," The Americas 69, no. 1 (2012).
- Other publications listed on Vitae.
Selected Awards and Honors
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions and Translations, 2014-17
- Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2012-13
- Research Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2011
- Helm Research Fellow, Lilly Library, Bloomington, IN, 2010
- José Amor y Vázquez Fellow, John Carter Brown University, Providence, RI, 2008
- Other awards listed on Vitae.