Arelis Rivero Cabrera was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds a university degree in history from the University of Havana and is currently working towards her doctoral degree under the direction of Dr. José Antonio Armillas in the Department of Modern History, Universidad de Zaragoza. She has been researching the Franciscan Order in colonial Cuba for a number of years and has chosen this theme for her doctoral dissertation. At the same time, she is transcribing the memoirs of Fr. Francisco Sáenz de Urturi, archbishop of Santiago, Cuba (1894-1899).
John F. Chuchiak IV is currently assistant professor of Colonial Latin American History and Coordinator for Latin American Studies in the History Department of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from Tulane University (2000) and his dissertation, entitled “The Indian Inquisition and the Extirpation of Idolatry: The Process of Punishment in the Provisorato de Indios in the Colonial Diocese of Yucatán, 1569-1812,” is currently under review for publication. His research specialty is in colonial Latin American history with specific research interests in the colonial and ecclesiastical history of México, the history of the Franciscan order in Yucatán, and colonial Maya ethnohistory. His articles have appeared in Iglesia y Sociedad en América Latina Colonial, Saastun: Revista de Cultura Maya, the Journal of Early Modern History, Current Anthropology, Estudios de Cultura Maya, and the Journal of Ethnohistory. He is also the author of various other papers and book chapters published in a number of edited volumes and anthologies.
Maria N. Marsilli was born in Chile. She received an M.A. from the University of California at Davis in 1993, and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2002. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “God and Evil in the Gardens of the Andean South: Mid-colonial rural religion in the Diocese of Arequipa.” She has been Assistant Professor of History in the History Department of John Carroll University since 2002. She is currently working on her first book, a study of Indian peoples’ religious life in Southern Peru and Northern Chile during colonial times.
Jeanette Favrot Peterson, an associate professor in the History of Art and Architecture department, University of California Santa Barbara, is a pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art specialist with a particular interest in the complex interchange between the pre-conquest and European [End Page v] Renaissance worlds in the sixteenth century. Her publications include The Paradise Garden Murals of Malinalco (1993) and recent articles on the Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún; she is currently working on a book on the imaging of the Virgin of Guadalupe, from the black madonna of Extremadura to her American devotions.
John F. Schwaller is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is a Fellow of the Academy of American Franciscan History, and served as Director for eight years. His publications include several books on the Catholic Church in early colonial Mexico and several works on Nahuatl. He is currently writing a one-volume history of the Catholic Church in Latin America and a biography of don Luis de Velasco, viceroy of Mexico and Peru. [End Page vi]