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Kenneth Mills (D. Phil. Oxford, 1992) lives in Detroit, MI.

I am the proud father of four sons, Felix, Aldous, Ian and Hector.

 I am J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2018-2019 I will be on research leave at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, and as the Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Research Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI.

An anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on the Andean region of colonial Latin America,  I investigate religious and cultural transformations and re-creations, often interpreting different people’s thinking, interactions and narratives through fragmentary evidence and apparent contradictions. I teach a broad range of students, from first-year undergraduates to doctoral candidates. I advise emerging research projects on an array of subjects from medieval through early modern times, often with an emphasis on trans-oceanic dimensions and the cultivation of cross-disciplinary curiosity.

My 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).

I am also the author and editor of a number of books, essays and collections. A selection of these publications are listed and, in some cases, available for download  at https://umich.academia.edu/KennethMills. I am presently writing a book about the journey of the Castilian Hieronymite friar Diego de Ocaña (c. 1570-1608).

I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1964 and grew up in and around Red Deer, Alberta. As an undergraduate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, I first studied English literature before turning to History in a final year. After a BA and MA at the University of Alberta, I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Balliol College) as a Rhodes Scholar from Canada’s “Prairies” region.

The post-doctoral phase of my professional life began as a Junior Research Fellowship in Latin American History and a Tutor in Modern History at Oxford, based in Wadham College, when I was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, before moving to Princeton University in 1993.

I taught in Princeton’s History Department as an Assistant and then an Associate Professor from 1993 to 2003, during which time I 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. I moved to the University of Toronto as Professor of History in 2003,  serving as Chair of the Department of History and also as the founding Director of Latin American Studies at Toronto.

In the summer of 2015, I joined the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History.

I have served on the Editorial Board of the Colonial Latin American Review (based in New York City) since 1998. I am 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). I presently serve on the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, a private university in Mumbai, India.

In March 2018 I was an invited lecturer in the Interdepartmental Lecture Series  at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In January 2017, I discussed the opening of my forthcoming book with the Anthropology & History Reading Group at the University of Michigan.

In May 2017 I gave a keynote lecture on approaching primary sources to the LXII Annual Conference of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM).

 Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, a multi-disciplinary, multi-author project which I created in collaboration with art historian Evonne Levy (and some eighty contributing authors) was published by the University of Texas Press in 2013.

My Idolatry and its Enemies: Colonial Andean Religion and Extirpation, 1640-1750 has 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 with 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, I am 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. I am investigating the apocalyptic voice and legacy of Francisco Solano in an essay for this volume.

As a Senior Editor on the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin America and Caribbean History project between 2012 and 2016, I 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. I now serve on the Advisory Board of the ORE project.

My research fellowships include the forthcoming Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Research Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library and a Michigan Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan.

I have also held a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC, USA), two earlier 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, I have also received grant support, including from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I was Visiting Professor at the Centre de la Méditerrannée Moderne et Contemporaine at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France.

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Published on 14 Maypm11 2011 at 9:20 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Rule 4: I don’t want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out.

  2. Hello Mr. Mills. I work at Instituto Cervantes in Spain and I’m trying to contact you in order to invite you to the VI Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española (Panama, october 2013). Please contact me at vicile@cervantes.es. Thanks in advance.


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