Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John Charles

Associate Professor - Spanish and Portuguese

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Department Affiliation
Spanish and Portuguese

  • A.B., Brown University, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, 1992
  • M.A., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 1998
  • M.Phil, Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2000
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2003
Academic Experience
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2005-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2003-2005
  • Part-Time Acting Instructor, Yale University, 1999-2001
  • Research Assistant, Yale University, 1998-2000
  • Instructor, Colegio San Francisco de Asis, El Salvador, 1995-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Colonial Spanish American Literature, Latin American literature

Related Experience
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Researcher, “Colonial Modernity in the Andes: A Comprehensive Study of Viceroy Toledo’s General Resettlement” (sponsored by the National Ethnology Museum of Osaka, Japan and Vanderbilt University), 2017-
  • Undergraduate Honor Board, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Latin American Library Faculty Committee, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships Committee, Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2008-
  • Best First Book Short-List Finalist in the History of Religions, for Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671, awarded by the American Academy of Religion (AAR), 2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Young Professorship in the Humanities, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2010
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
  • New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize, 2004
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Latin
Overseas Experience
  • Peru
Selected Publications
  • In progress. “After Cajamara: Religious Books in Post-Conquest Peru.”
  • Forthcoming. “El Tercer Concilio de Lima en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso.” In Discurso e historia en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso. Ed. José Antonio Rodríguez Garrido, Pedro Guibovich Pérez, and Carmela Zanelli. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  • 2014. “Trained by Jesuits: Indigenous Letrados in Seventeenth-Century Peru.” In Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in New Spain and the Andes. Ed. Gabriela Ramos and Yanna Yannakakis. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2013. “El poder de los quipus confesionales en las doctrinas de indios.” In El quipu colonial: Estudios y materiales, edited by Marco Curatola Petrocchi and José Carlos de la Puente Luna. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: 167-190.
  • 2011. “Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala en los foros de la justicia eclesiástica.” In Justicia y población indígena en la América virreinal. Ed. Ana de Zaballa Beascoechea, pp. 203-22. Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana, Vervuert.
  • 2010. Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
  • 2007. “More Ladino than Necessary: Indigenous Litigants and the Language Policy Debate in Mid-Colonial Peru.” Colonial Latin American Review. 16 (1): 23-47.
  • 2007. “Unreliable Confessions: Khipus in the Colonial Parish.” The Americas. 64 (1): 11-33.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: SPAN-4140-01: Introduction to Colonial Letter

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7

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