Kenneth Mills lives in Detroit, MI.
He is the proud father of four sons, Felix, Aldous, Ian and Hector.
(D. Phil. Oxford, 1992), he is J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. An anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on the Andean region of colonial Latin America, Kenneth Mills investigates religious and cultural transformations and re-creations, often interpreting different people’s thinking, interactions and stories through fragmentary evidence and apparent contradictions. At UMich he teaches a broad range of students, from undergraduates at all stages to doctoral candidates; among the latter, Professor Mills supervises and advises research projects upon an array of subjects from medieval through early modern times, and with foci which range from the colonial Andes to early modern Spain through to trans-oceanic emphases.
Mills’s scholarship is notable for its embrace of trans-oceanic lives and questions and for its cross-disciplinary curiosity. His recent published works include the multi-author and multi-discipline Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, coordinated and edited with Evonne Levy (University of Texas Press, 2013).
He is also the author and editor of a number of books, essays and collections. A selection of his publications are listed and, in some cases, available for download at https://umich.academia.edu/KennethMills. Kenneth Mills is presently writing a book about the journey of the Castilian Hieronymite friar Diego de Ocaña (c. 1570-1608).
Kenneth Mills was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1964 and grew up in (and then on a farm near) Red Deer, Alberta. As an undergraduate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, he became a major in English literature before focussing on History in his final year. After his BA and MA at the University of Alberta, he completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford (Balliol College) as a Rhodes Scholar from Canada’s “Prairies” region. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow in Latin American History and a Tutor in Modern History based at Wadham College, Oxford, and then a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, before moving to Princeton University in 1993.
Kenneth Mills taught in Princeton’s History Department as an Assistant and an Associate Professor from 1993 to 2003, during which time he served two years as the faculty assistant to the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies (then under the direction of Anthony Grafton) and as the Director of the Program in Latin American Studies. He was Professor of History at the University of Toronto from 2003 to 2015, serving also as Chair of the History department and founding director of Latin American Studies at Toronto.
In the summer of 2015, Kenneth Mills joined the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History.
In January 2017, Kenneth Mills discussed the opening of his forthcoming book with the Anthropology & History Reading Group at the University of Michigan. In May 2017 he will give a keynote lecture to the LXII Annual Conference of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM).
In February 2016, Kenneth Mills was Distinguished Visitor at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA; in May 2016, served as Discussant on a panel treating “Colonial Imaginaries” at the 2016 meetings of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City; and in June 2016 lectured at “Arica Barroca,”a meeting in Arica, Chile, organised by the Fundación Altiplano, a non-profit working among Aymara communities in and around Arica and Parinacota (Chile).
Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, a multi-disciplinary, multi-author project which Kenneth Mills has created in collaboration with art historian Evonne Levy (and some eighty contributing authors) was published by the University of Texas Press in 2013.
His Idolatry and its Enemies: Colonial Andean Religion and Extirpation, 1640-1750 has just been published in a 2012 paperback edition by Princeton University Press. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6059.html
Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History, the co-creation of Kenneth, William B. Taylor and Sandra Lauderdale Graham, is a book of primary texts and images that animates the study of Colonial Latin American and Early Modern Atlantic Histories across the English-speaking world.
With art historian Ramón Mujica Pinilla, Kenneth Mills is co-editing Apocalipsis en el Nuevo Mundo: arte, profecía y mesianismo en Hispanoamérica (s. XVI-XVIII) / New World Revelations: Art, Prophecy and Messianism in the Early Modern Spanish World, the fruits of a meeting convened in Lima, Peru. He is investigating the apocalyptic voice and legacy of Francisco Solano in his essay for this volume.
As a Senior Editor on the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin America and Caribbean History project between 2012 and 2016, Kenneth Mills worked with a selection of authors to shape essays about colonial Spanish America and the early modern Spanish world which showcase: i.) new lines of research and; ii.) reflections on methodology in historical interpretation. See Latin American History Oxf Research Encyc for these fine essays and more. He now serves on the Advisory Board of the ORE project.
Kenneth Mills has served on the Editorial Board of the Colonial Latin American Review (based in New York City) since 1998. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research (based in Sydney, Australia) and on the Comite Consultativo of Nueva Corónica (revista de la Escuela de Historia, Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Lima, Peru). He presently serves on the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, a university in Mumbai, India.
His research fellowships have included a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC, USA), two visiting fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI, USA) and a Visitorship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ, USA). For his own research and for numerous collaborations with others, Kenneth Mills has received major grant support, including from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was Visiting Professor at the Centre de la Méditerrannée Moderne et Contemporaine at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France.