Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Amara Solari

Visiting Professor

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
Latin American Studies

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, History of Art and Architecture, 2007
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, History of Art and Architecture, 2003
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology and Art History, 2000
Academic Experience
  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2020 – present
  • Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, 2010 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, 2008 – 2010
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2007 – 2008

Research & Teaching Specializations:
Pre-Columbian and Colonial Mesoamerican Art History

Related Experience
  • Interim Director of the Committee for Early Modern Studies, The Colleges of Liberal Arts and Art and Architecture, PSU (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Pennsylvania State University Press Editorial Board (2015-2018)
  • Committee Member, College of Arts and Architecture Promotion and Tenure Commitee, PSU (2015-2017)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant, 2019
  • Penn State Department of Art History award from the George Dewey and Mary J. Krumine Endowment, 2015, 2013 & 2011
  • Penn State Institute for Arts and Humanities Residential Fellowship for Fall 2015, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Long Term Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013
  • Spanish
  • Yucatecan Mayan
  • French
Overseas Experience
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming. The Friar and the Maya: Bishop Diego de Landa and his Relación de las cosas de Yucatán (with Matthew Restall, John F. Chuchiak IV, and Traci Ardren). Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.
  • 2020. The Maya: A Very Short Introduction (with Matthew Restall). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2019. Idolizing Mary: Maya-Catholic Icons in Yucatán, Mexico, 1550-1700. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • 2016. “The ‘Contagious Stench’ of Idolatry: The Rhetoric of Epidemic Disease and Sacreligious Acts in Colonial New Spain.” The Hispanic America Historical Review 96:3 (August 2016): 481‘€“515.
  • 2014 “Plaza, Atrium, and Maya Social Memory in Sixteenth-Century Itzmal.” In Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community and Power. Edited by Kenichiro Tsukamoto and Takeshi Inomata. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 193‘€“209.
  • 2013. Maya Ideologies of the Sacred: The Transfiguration of Space in colonial Yucatan. Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press.
  • 2011. 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse (with Matthew Restall). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • 2010. “Circles of Creation: The ‘invention’ of Maya cartography in early colonial Yucatan,” The Art Bulletin XCII: 3 (September 2010): 154-168.
  • 2010. “Reinterpreting Sacrality Among the Classic Maya: Recent works on the deified nature of geography, rulership and death,” Ethnohistory 57:3, (July 2010): 467-470.

Full CV or Website
Curriculum Vitae