Charles Cutter

  • Professor Emeritus

Department Information

History // Emeriti Faculty
Latin American Studies // SIS // Faculty

Office Information

  • Courses

  • Undergraduate Courses: Latin America to 1824 (HIST 271), Hispanic Heritage of the United States (HIST 366), History of Spain and Portugal (HIST 427), History of Mexico (HIST 472), The Spanish Frontier in North America (HIST 475).

    Graduate Courses: I teach a variety of graduate courses that focus on Colonial Latin America (listed under HIST 576, 577, and 670). Some recent courses include “Church and Society in Colonial Latin America,” “The Social Construction of Colonial Latin America,” “Spain and the New World, 1500-1800,” and “Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial Spanish America.” In Fall 2002, I offered a readings seminar entitled “Subjects at the Margins in Colonial Spanish America.”

  • Specialization

  • Colonial Latin American history, Spanish Borderlands history, Spanish Colonial legal history

  • A native of the U.S. Southwest, I grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Mexico City, and Madrid. After a stint as a professional musician, I began my graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, where I studied with Peter Bakewell and John Kessell, among others, and received my Ph.D. degree in 1989. Several themes have guided my research over the course of my career:  the relationship of native peoples to the wider Hispanic community and the Spanish colonial state, the role of the colonial legal system as mediator between the diverse groups who comprised colonial society, and the ways in which Spanish colonial law has affected Anglo-American law in the U.S. Southwest. 

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