Dr. Velasco Murillo joined the Department of History in 2012. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (2009). Prior to her appointment at UCSD, she was assistant professor of Latin American history at Adelphi University (2011-2012) and UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine (2009- 2011). Velasco Murillo’s research interests center on the intersections of colonialism with gender, ethnicity, and identity formation in early Latin America. Her book project, Urban Indians in a Silver City: Zacatecas, Mexico, 1546-1812, examines how ethnically diverse indigenous migrants re-created native communities and indigenous identities in Zacatecas, and explores the ways in which native peoples contributed to the vitality of one of New Spain’s most important cities. Velasco Murillo recently co-edited City Indians in Spain’s American Empire: Urban Indigenous Society in Colonial Mesoamerica and Andean South America, 1600-1830 (Sussex Academic Press, 2012), in which she also co-authored a chapter. She has published in Ethnohistory and has a forthcoming piece in the Hispanic American Historical Review. Velasco Murillo is on the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies and has served as a reviewer for several journals, including the Colonial Latin American Historical Review. She has received support from a variety of institutions and fellowships, including an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant and the Conference on Latin American History Lewis Hanke Post-Doctoral Award. Velasco Murillo has taught courses on Latin America and World Civilizations. At UCSD, she will offer courses on early Latin America, indigenous peoples, ethnicity, and gender.
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