Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

James Boyden

Associate Professor - History

Contact Info


  • B.A., Southern Oregon State College, History, 1977
  • M.A., University of Texas, History, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Texas, History, 1988

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1994-
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Texas, 2000-2001
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1991-1994
  • Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1988-1991

Research & Teaching Specializations: Spain; History; Hapsburg Spain; Renaissance and Reformation; Early Modern Atlantic World

Related Experience

  • Graduate Director, Department of History, Tulane University, 1996-99
  • Associate Chair, Department of History, Tulane University, 1994-1996


  • Morse Fellowship, Yale University (declined), 1991-1992
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Texas, 1988-1989
  • Barnes Lathrop Prize (departmental dissertation prize), University of Texas, 1988-1989
  • Fulbright Fellowship (declined), 1983-1984


  • Spanish
  • French
  • Catalán

Selected Publications

  • 2002. “Honor on the Scaffold in the Spanish Monarchy.” Acta Histriae. 8.
  • 2002. “Renaissance Exploration.” In Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Paul F. Grendler, editor. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  • 2000. “The Worst Death Becomes a Good Death: The Passion of Don Rodrigo Calderón.” In The Place of the Dead in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Bruce Gordon and Peter Marshall, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1999. “Fortune Has Stripped You of Your Splendor: Favourites and Their Fates in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain.” In The World of the Favourite. J. H. Elliott and L. W. B. Brockliss, eds. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • 1995. The Courtier and the King: Ruy Gómez de Silva, Philip II, and the Court of Spain. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: HISE-2410-01: Spain, 1369-1716, HISE-3170: Medieval Spain, HISE-3190: The Spanish Civil War, HISE-6330-01: Imperial Spain 1469-1659

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2