John F. Schwaller is Professor of History and President of the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is the author of several books on the Church in sixteenth-century Mexico, a guide to Nahuatl language manuscripts in the United States, and editor of works on the Franciscan Order in the Americas. He is currently finishing a single volume history of the Catholic Church in the Americas. His research includes a biography of don Luis de Velasco, the Younger, and several studies of Nahuatl language works from the colonial period.
Jonathan Truitt received his Ph.D. in History at Tulane University. He was an Academy of American Franciscan History fellow for his dissertation entitled, "Nahuas and Catholicism in Mexico Tenochtitlan: Religious Faith and Practice and La Capilla de San Josef de los Naturales, 1523-1700." He is an Assistant Professor of History at Central Michigan University.
Kristin Dutcher Mann is Associate Professor of History and Social Studies Education Coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the author of The Power of Song: Music and Dance in the Mission Communities of Northern New Spain, 1590-1810, published jointly by the Academy of American Franciscan History and Stanford University Press.
Mark Z. Christensen received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. His research examines the evangelization of the Nahua and Yucatec Maya through indigenous-language religious texts. Having completed his dissertation "Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Ecclesiastical Texts and Local Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan," he is currently involved in several articles and book projects concerning Nahuatl and Maya religious texts and testaments.
Vincent Peloso is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. His article, "Racial Conflict and Identity Crisis in Wartime Peru: Revisiting the Caete Massacre of 1881," appeared in Social Identities in September 2005. He is currently at work on two projects related to ethnicity and race in Latin America. [End Page v]