Assistant Professor | History of Art
310B Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave.,
Areas of Expertise
- Prehispanic Mesoamerica
- Colonial Latin America
- Early Modern Iberia
- Ph.D. with Distinction, History, University of Chicago (2011)
- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago (2011)
- M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago (2000)
- M.A., Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, (1998)
- B.A., History of Art and Architecture, Brown University (1994)
Byron Hamann's research is focused on the art and writing of prehispanic Mesoamerica, as well as on the connections linking the Americas and Europe in the early modern transatlantic world. Theoretically, his work explores the histories of globalizations, commodity circulation, landscape interpretation, the nature of writing, methods of archival research, processes of religious conflict and toleration in sixteenth-century Christian-Muslim and Christian-Native American contexts, and the legacies of the antique Mediterranean in early modern Latin America. Likes: Sarah Waters, Alfred Gell, Michael Camille, Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour, Marshall Sahlins, Frances Yates, Edward Said, Sally Binford, Carlo Ginzburg, Eamon Duffy, William Cronon, Jean Comaroff, Mary Douglas.
His recent publications include The Translations of Nebrija: Language, Culture, and Circulation in the Early Modern World, (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015); “An Artificial Mind in Mexico City”, Grey Room 67 (2017); “Bruno Lator no jardim das ilustracoes arqueológicos”, Boletim do Museum Paraense Emilio Goeldi (2017); “Object, Image, Cleverness: The Lienzo de Tlaxcala.” Art History (2013).