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

Univeristy of New Orleans Presents: Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference

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Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
UNO – Latin American Studies

Friday, October 24, 2014: 3:30-6:00 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014: 9:15 AM-3:15 PM

Milneburg Hall 351 – UNO Campus

The 2014 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference explores the meanings, forms, histories, and futures of North-South solidarity in the Americas. What kinds of transnational ties have groups from both sides of the North-South divide established with each other? What kinds of strategies have they used, and toward what ends? How have these political projects varied across time and space? In what ways have cross-border solidarities shaped and been shaped by imperial power?

Conference Program is attached to this email. This conference is open and free to the public. This is a workshop: papers are circulated and read before the conference. If you would like to access the papers, please send an email to:


Marc Becker, Professor of History, Truman State University, and author of Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador's Modern Indigenous
Jonathan C. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Texas and is completing a book on how the Cuban Revolution changed the world.
Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies, Salem State University, and author of Linked Labor Histories: New
England, Colombia, and the Making of the Global Working Class.
Lesley Gill, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, and author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political
Violence in the Americas.
Eric Larson, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and author of Jobs With Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices
Elizabeth Manley is Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University where she is completing a book, The Paradox of Paternalism: Women,
Transnational Activism, and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic, 1928-1978.
Teresa Meade, Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, Union College, and author of A History of Modern Latin America.
William Schmidli, Assistant Professor, Bucknell University, and author of The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights in U.S. Cold War Policy Toward
Megan Strom is a PhD Candidate in Latin American History at the University of California, San Diego and will defend her dissertation on Uruguayan


5th Annual South Central Conference on Mesoamerica

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5th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is a conference which provides a venue for scholars, students, and the interested public from across the south-central U.S. to share ideas, information, and interpretations. The conference is free and open to the public, and we hope you will join us. Although the conference is free, if you plan to attend please register so we have an idea of how many people will attend.

The conference will be held October 24-26th on Tulane’s Campus.

Please visit the conference website for more information and be sure to check back for updates in the near future!

"Oye Tu: A Reading of Fiction About Cubans" a talk by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

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The lecture title is "Oye Tú: A Reading of Fiction about Cubans." The talk is open to the public as well as the Tulane community. The lecture, which will discuss the Cuban diaspora in the United States, was timed to coincide with the general interest that the Guantánamo Public Memory Project:, currently at Tulane, has generated. The time and location has been confirmed for Tuesday, October 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Greenleaf Conference Room, Jones Hall 100A. Refreshments will be provided.

Social and Environmental Safeguards, Policies and Practices in International Development: Discussion with Carlos Pérez-Brito

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Currently a social specialist from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Carlos Pérez-Brito is responsible for managing social and environmental safeguards in the public and private sectors projects. Before joining the IDB, Mr. Pérez-Brito was a human development specialist for the World Bank and USAID. He has a bachelor degree from Loyola University, New Orleans and a Masters in Latin American Studies from Tulane University with emphasis in international development. He was also a visiting scholar for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Mr. Pérez-Brito’s talk will describe the evolving practice of using social and environmental review criteria as conditions for bank-related projects.

Co-Sponsored with the Tulane Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR).

Event flyer can be found here.

Day of the Dead at the Ogden!

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Celebrate Día de los muertos at the Ogden! As part of the Ogden's After Hours Ruemba Buena will perform. Specializing in salsa and meringue, this band is made up of musicians who, pre-Katrina, played in groups like Los Babies and Los Sagitarios. It's the brainchild of percussionist Johnny Marcia. Kids craft table will feature Day of the Dead activities and delicious food will be available.

For more information please contact Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650,

Sponsored by Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans.

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit

The exhibit will run from September 2nd to October 30th. All are welcome to stop by and see the exhibit during open hours of Jones Hall, or during one of the special events of the exhibit (to be posted).