Cynthia Radding

The Gussenhoven Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and History

Cynthia Radding’s research and teaching focus on Iberoamerican frontiers during the colonial and early national periods, with special emphasis on northern Mexico and the lowland frontiers of Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. Her work contributes to the intersection of environmental, social, and cultural history and to the practice of interdisciplinary methodologies. Radding’s current research project, Bountiful Deserts and Imperial Shadows: Seeds of Knowledge and Corridors of Migration in Northern New Spain, brings together themes concerning human ecology, ethnic identity, and migratory pathways in northern Mexico during its colonial formation. During 2010-2011, she held the Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library and the Donnelley Family Fellowship at the National Humanties Center, where she has advanced her book project. Radding’s publications include: Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers. Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850 (Duke University Press, 1997); Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic (Duke University Press, 2005) and Entre el desierto y la sierra. Las naciones o’odham y tegüima de Sonora, 1530-1840 (CIESAS, INI, 1995). She has published articles in Hispanic American Historical Review, The Americas, Boleti­n Americanista, and Latin American Research Review as well as numerous chapters in collective-authored publications in Mexico, Bolivia, and Europe. Radding has served on the editorial boards of The Americas and Hispanic American Historical Review, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Inter-American Foundation.

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