Peter B. Villella is assistant professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he teaches courses in colonial and modern Latin America. His research addresses the political and legal activities of New Spain’s indigenous nobility and its contributions to Mexican historiography and intellectual history. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines indigenous campaigns for suzerainty and their influence on the development of new ethnic and historical identities in New Spain.
Vanessa Mongey received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and is a visiting assistant professor of History at Rhodes College. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the New York Historical Society and the New School for Social Research. Her research focuses on the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Atlantic World. She is writing a book on the multiracial and multinational revolutionary networks in the greater Caribbean region during the Age of Revolutions. She is also developing a project on the criminalization of service in foreign armies as a key event in the emergence of national identities and boundaries.
Elizabeth Manley is assistant professor of History at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is writing a book on gendered politics of authoritarianism under Trujillo and Balaguer in the Dominican Republic. While earning her Ph.D. (2008) at Tulane University she fell in love with New Orleans and considers herself an adopted native. She also spends time in the Caribbean, where she works on issues of gender, politics, sexuality, and identity-based movements of the twentieth century.
Camila Loureiro Dias is preparing her Ph.D. at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She graduated with a degree in History from the University of São Paulo and studied at the École normale supérieure in Paris. Her research addresses the integration of the Amazon into the world economy, based on an analysis of indigenous labor and specifically the native slave trade during the colonial period in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her works also cover issues related to the history of the Society of Jesus in the Americas. [End Page i]