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Peter B. Villella

Dr. Peter B. Villella

Contact Information

Email: villella@uncg.edu
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

Teaching Experience

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

Courses Taught

  • 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

Research Interests

  • Colonial Spanish and Portuguese America
  • Indigenous cultures of the Americas
  • Creolism and national identity in the Americas
  • Intellectual and legal history of colonial Mexico

Current projects

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.

Recent Publications

Book cover: Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800

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.

Curriculum Vitae

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