Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John Charles

Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info


  • A.B., Brown University, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, 1992
  • M.A., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 1998
  • M.Phil, Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2000
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2003

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2005-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2003-2005
  • Part-Time Acting Instructor, Yale University, 1999-2001
  • Research Assistant, Yale University, 1998-2000
  • Instructor, Colegio San Francisco de Asis, El Salvador, 1995-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Colonial Spanish American Literature

Related Experience

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Undergraduate Honor Board, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Latin American Library Faculty Committee, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships Committee, Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2008-


  • Best First Book Short-List Finalist in the History of Religions, for Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671, awarded by the
    American Academy of Religion (AAR), 2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Young Professorship in the Humanities, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2010
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
  • New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize, 2004
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2001-2002

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. "El Tercer Concilio de Lima en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso." In Discurso e historia en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso. Ed. José Antonio Rodríguez Garrido, Pedro Guibovich Pérez, and Carmela Zanelli. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  • 2014. "Trained by Jesuits: Indigenous Letrados in Seventeenth-Century Peru." In Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in New Spain and the Andes. Ed. Gabriela Ramos and Yanna Yannakakis. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2013. "El poder de los quipus confesionales en las doctrinas de indios." In El quipu colonial: Estudios y materiales, edited by Marco Curatola Petrocchi and José Carlos de la Puente Luna. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: 167-190.
  • 2011. "Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala en los foros de la justicia eclesiástica." In Justicia y población indígena en la América virreinal. Ed. Ana de Zaballa Beascoechea, pp. 203-22. Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana, Vervuert.
  • 2010. Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
  • 2007. "More Ladino than Necessary: Indigenous Litigants and the Language Policy Debate in Mid-Colonial Peru.” Colonial Latin American Review. 16 (1): 23-47.
  • 2007. "Unreliable Confessions: Khipus in the Colonial Parish." The Americas. 64 (1): 11-33.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Early Readings in Spanish; Ethnographic Discourse in the Chronicles of the Indies; Introduction to Literary Analysis; Historical Novel in Latin America; Chronicles and Epics of Spanish Conquest; Introduction to Latin American Culture

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7






Upcoming Events

Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books

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Américas Award K-12 Workshop

In celebration of the 2014 Américas Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.”

This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children's literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year's Honorable Mention book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh and Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. Teaching for Change will highlight additional resources to incorporate teaching Social Justice and Human Rights.

All participants will receive breakfast, teaching resources, and a book (a choice of one of the two featured titles, please indicate whether you’d prefer the picture book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote or the Young Adult title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass). Participants are also invited to attend the Américas Award Ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Also, a month-long exhibit of the original artwork from Parrots Over Puerto Rico will be on display at the Young Readers Center in The Library of Congress.

For a workshop schedule and to access resources from the workshop, please visit the workshop website or download the agenda here

The Américas Award is sponsored by CLASP and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Additional funding is provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.

For more information contact Denise Woltering ( (504.865.5164)

Download the printable Flyer.

Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy

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The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) presents a talk by Dr. William Balée, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. The talk is entitled: “Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy.”

A reception will follow.

For more information contact TASA (

MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"

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Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, a visiting scholar at MARI, will present new information about her research at the site of Alabama in southern Belize in a talk entitled “Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize”

M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto ( for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are sponsoring a K-12 teacher workshop to celebrate Day of the Dead!

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!

All participants will receive light refreshments and teaching materials. One teacher will have the opportunity to use a Day of the Dead altar kit, provided by the Latin American Resource Center. The kit has everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead in your classroom!

Tentative Schedule:
5:30 – 5:45 PM
Introductory Remarks (Denise Woltering-Vargas, Tulane University; Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

5:45 – 6: 30 PM
Altar Viewing and Discussion (Cynthia Ramirez, Southern University of New Orleans)

6:30 – 7:15 PM
Day of the Dead in the Artist’s Classroom (Denise Tullier-Holly, Southeastern University Lab School)

7:15 – 7:30 PM
Day of the Dead at the Ogden – Activities (Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America

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In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the 2nd Thursday Lecture Series at the Louisiana State Museum will present a talk entitled “Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America” by Robert Gray Freeland

Four times mayor of New Orleans, Morrison was probably the best-known US citizen in Latin America in his day. As a Mayor interested in expanding international trade, he created a distinct Latin flavor in his efforts. As Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS), Morrison played an important part in the Kennedy Administration implementation of a Good Neighbor policy and the Alliance for Progress.

Celebración Latina

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 10 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out pictures from the 2012 and 2013 festivals!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.