Tatiana Seijas

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Tatiana Seijas

Tatiana Seijas

Associate Professor of History


  1. PhD, Yale University, 2008
  2. MA, Columbia University, 2001
  3. BA, Columbia College, 1995


As a historian, I aim to cross historiographical and geographical frontiers and to reconstruct the everyday experiences of people who were born without the privileges of power. I want to include their stories in the historical narratives of the early modern period and nineteenth century, when indigenous peoples around the world confronted European colonialism. More specifically, I focus on the economic and social lives of people who lived in Spain's imperial frontiers, including the Philippine Islands and New Mexico. I do so in order to expand the traditional geographic scope of Latin American history and re-examine the trajectories of empires.

My current monograph project, titled “First Routes: Indigenous Trade and Travel between the American Southwest and Mexico,” recovers the history of native merchants who forged routes of commercial exchange between the Rio Grande Valley and Central Mexico from circa 1000 to 1848, with a focus on the Spanish colonial period.

I teach courses on Early Modern North and South America, the History of Slavery, and World History.

Recent Publications:

Seijas, Tatiana. 2014. Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians. Cambridge Latin AmericanStudies Series. New York: Cambridge University Press.
~Winner of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize for 2014

Seijas, Tatiana and Pablo Sierra 2016. "The Persistence of the slave market in seventeenth-century Central Mexico."  Slavery & Abolition A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies.

Seijas, Tatiana. 2016. "Inns, mules, and hardtack for the voyage: the local economy of the Manila Galleon in Mexico."  Colonial Latin America Review.

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