John F. Schwaller


Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., University of Kansas
B.A., Grinnell College

060F Social Sciences
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301


HIS 140 / LCS 100 Cultures of Latin America
HIS 350 Iberia and Latin American to 1810
HIS / LCS 369 Mexico since 1810
HIS / LCS 371 South America since 1810

HIS 569 History of Mexico
HIS 571 Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History
HIS 633 Readings in International History

Current Research Interests:

John Schwaller is conducting research on two broad topics in colonial Latin American History. He is working on a biography of a colonial figure, don Luis de Velasco, the Younger (1539-1617), who served as Viceroy of Mexico and of Peru and as President of the Council of the Indies. Linked to this research is a major study of service and reward in the colonial state. This research looks at requests from citizens of the Spanish empire for privileges and grants from the Spanish crown in recognition of specific services which these individuals and their families had provided to the state. Schwaller continues to study the Catholic Church in colonial Latin American and also works on several topics related to the Aztecs and the Aztec language, Nahuatl.

Select Publications:

The First Letter from New Spain: The Lost Petition of Cortés and His Company, June 20, 1519, with Helen Nader, University of Texas Press, 2014.

The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America, New York University Press, 2011.

Francis in the Americas: Essays on the Franciscan Family in North and South America, Berkeley: Academy of American Franciscan History, 2005. (edited volume)

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