Amber Brian

Amber Brian
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Amber Brian is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. She also directs the Latin American Studies Program. Her research and teaching focus on colonial Spanish America. Her publications address the movement of cultural knowledge and historical memory from native communities to the dominant intellectual sphere in colonial Mexico. These include Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Native Archive and the Circulation of Knowledge in Colonial Mexico (Vanderbilt, 2016) and The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Account of the Conquest of Mexico (Penn State Press, 2015), co-edited and translated with Bradley Benton and Pablo García Loaeza. She is currently pursuing a major collaborative translation project with Benton, García Loaeza, and Peter Villella, for which they received a Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-17). In this project they are translating and annotating the Historia de la nación chichimeca, an important Spanish-language chronicle of pre-Hispanic central Mexico based on indigenous written and oral sources and authored by Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl (c. 1578-1650), a mestizo historian connected with the Indian city of Tetzcoco who is a seminal figure in the development of Mexican history.

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