Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Matthew Restall

Contact Info
mrestall@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Latin American Studies

Degrees
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, History, 1992
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, History, 1989
  • BA, Oxford University, History, 1986
Academic Experience
  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2020 – present
  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University, 2007 – Present
  • Director of Latin American Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1999 – Present
  • Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University, 2004- 2007
  • Associate Professor of History, Penn State, 1998 – 2004
  • Assistant Professor of History, Boston College, 1995 – 1998
  • Assistant Professor of History, Southwestern University, 1993 – 1995

Research & Teaching Specializations:
Colonial Mesoamerican and Maya History, Africans in Spanish America, Conquest.

Related Experience
  • Co-editor of Hispanic American Historical Review, 2017 – 2022
  • Co-editor of Ethnohistory, 2007 – 2016
  • Immediate Past President, American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Chair, Association of Friends & Fellows, John Carter Brown Library
Distinctions
  • Kislak Fellowship, Kluge Center, Library of Congress, 2017
  • Capitol Fellowship, US Capitol Historical Society, 2017
  • Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2013 – 2014
  • Saunders Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2013 – 2014
  • Fellowship, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State, 2011
Languages:
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Yucatec Maya
  • Nahuatl
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
Overseas Experience
  • Belize
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming. Blue Moves. 33 1/3 series. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Forthcoming. The Friar and the Maya: Bishop Diego de Landa and his Relación de las cosas de Yucatán (with Amara Solari, John F. Chuchiak IV, and Traci Ardren). Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.
  • 2020. The Maya: A Very Short Introduction (with Amara Solari). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2019. Return to Ixil: Maya Society in an Eighteenth-Century Yucatec Town (with Mark Christensen). Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • 2019. “Creating ‘Belize’: the Mapping and Naming History of a Liminal Locale,‘€ in Terrae Incognitae 51: 1 (February), 5-35.
  • 2018. When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History. New York: Ecco/HarperCollins.
  • 2017. “Drought and its Demographic Effects in the Maya Lowlands” (2nd author, with Julie A. Hoggarth, James Wood, and Douglas J. Kennett), in Current Anthropology 58:1 (February), 82-113.
  • 2016. “Moses, Caesar, Hero, Anti-Hero: the Posthumous Faces of Hernando Cortés,” in Leidschrift 31:2 (May), 33-58.

Full CV or Website
Curriculum Vitae

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