About Me

Laura2013I am a historian of early modern Guatemala and associate professor of Latin American history at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. I’m interested in how people recreate community, identity, and attachment to place after long migrations and/or in radically changed circumstances.

I’ve published two books about Mesoamerican allies of the Spanish conquistadors in Central America, Memories of Conquest and Indian Conquistadors. I also created and direct the digital project Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America with programmer Michael Bannister.

I have a beautiful family that never complains when I disappear into the archive.

You can reach me at
laura.matthew@marquette.edu or laura.matthew@gmail.com

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