Ben Leeming

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
ALM, concentration in History, Harvard University, 2005.
B.A. History of Art & Architecture, Tufts University, 1993.


Research Interests:
Early Colonial Mexico; Nahuatl Language; Indigenization of Christianity; Indigenous American Literature and Poetics.

Area of Study / Field site:

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Louise Burkhart; Cultural Anthropology

Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

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.