Andrea Reed-Leal
Research Interests: History of the book and libraries, objects as knowledge, ceramic production, female intellectuality, Aztec Goddesses, circulation of ideas, New Materialism, Early Modern Worlds

Andrea is a fourth year PhD Candidate. She previously received her double BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico City) and her MA in History from McGill University (Montreal). Her research engages subjects such as the history of the book, female intellectuality, circulation of ideas, indigenous epistemologies, and diverse textual technologies in the context of early colonial Latin America. Working on the intersection between different times and geographies, Andrea seeks to assess the repercussions of knowledge of the past and archive-building on the contemporary imaginary. Her dissertation investigates the representation of knowledgeable Nahua women and Aztec goddesses in visual and textual documents of the Sixteenth-Century.  

Andrea is also an editor, translator, ceramicist, and writer. Other recent projects include an edited book El río que no vemos. Crónicas de Tizapán (ITAM, 2017) and Habitar la biblioteca (Biblioteca revelaciones, 2023). She is also author of essays, short stories, and book-reviews in literary magazines, such as Luvina, Letras Libres y Revista de la Universidad de México. 

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Recent Courses in RLL

  • SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III (Spring 2023)
  • SPAN 20300 Language, History, and Culture III (Winter 2023)