IMS Associates

Cultural Anthropology Students

Ben Leeming

Ben Leeming showing his students an eighteenth century pictorial catechism at Harvard University



B.A., History of Art & Architecture, Tufts University, 1993

ALM, concentration in history, Harvard University, 2005

PhD candidate, University at Albany (Louise Burkhart advisor)

Research interests 

In March 2014 I defended my dissertation proposal, titled "Poetics of Paradise/Poetics of Terror:¬† Heaven and Hell in Early Colonial Nahuatl Religious Texts” and have advanced to candidacy. My dissertation will involve analyzing depictions of heaven and hell in early colonial Nahuatl religious texts. This summer (2014) I conducted research at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown, and the Hispanic Society of America in New York city.¬†


David Scotchmer Essay Award, University at Albany, 2011

Helen Hornbeck Tanner Award, American Society for Ethnohistory, 2011