Academic Board


Kenneth Mills

Kenneth Mills (D. Phil. Oxford) is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada, where he served as Chair of the Department of History from 2009 to 2012, and was the founding Director of Latin American Studies (2005-2009).

Before joining the faculty at Toronto, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of History at Princeton University (1993-2003), where he also served as Director of the Program in Latin American Studies and (for two years, under the directorship of Anthony Grafton) as the Assistant to the Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Kenneth Mills is an anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world and colonial Latin America, with an emphasis on religious and cultural transformation. He is currently writing a book about the transatlantic journey of Castilian image-maker and alms-gatherer Diego de Ocaña (c. 1570-1608), and preparing a series of lectures and workshops on “The Study of History Today” for Somaiya Vidyavihar in Mumbai, India, in January 2013.

His multi-disciplinary and multi-author Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, created and edited with art historian Evonne Levy, is in production with the University of Texas Press, and due out in 2013. His edited volume with Ramón Mujica Pinilla, 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 is currently being assembled.

His publications include An Evil Lost to View? (1994); Idolatry and Its Enemies: Extirpation and Colonial Andean Religion, 1640-1750 (1997; second paperback edition 2012); Colonial Spanish America (1998) with William B. Taylor; Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History (2002) with William B. Taylor and Sandra Lauderdale Graham; Kenneth Mills with Anthony Grafton, ed., Conversion: Old Worlds and New (2003) and Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing (2003). He has held research fellowships at the National Humanities Center, John Carter Brown Library, and Institute for Advanced Study and has received grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2011, Kenneth Mills was Visiting Professor at the Centre de la Méditerrannée Moderne et Contemporaine at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France. Professor Mills has served on the editorial board of Colonial Latin American Review (New York, USA) since 1998, and he additionally serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research (Sydney, Australia) and the Comite Consultativo of Nueva Corónica (Lima, Peru). He is a member of the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar (Mumbai, India).


Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Professor of History and History of Science and Medicine, University of Texas – Austin

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra is Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Cañizares-Esguerra got his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Before UT, he taught at Illinois State University and SUNNY-Buffalo. He has also been a visiting professor in several universities outside the United States, including the Universidade Federal do Ouro Preto (Mariana- Brazil); the Universidade Etaduale de Campinas (Campinas-Brazil), the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá-Colombia); the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota-Colombia); the FLACSO (Quito-Ecuador).

Cañizares-Esguerra has won numerous national fellowships given by the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities (at the John Carter Brown Library), the Andrew Mellon (at the Huntington Library), the Charles Warren Center of Studies of American History (at Harvard); the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; and the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program (at the University of Texas). In 2010 Canizares-Esguerra was the Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow of the John Carter Brown Library.

Cañizares-Esguerra has received numerous prizes, including the 1999-2001 best article award from the Forum in the History of the Human Sciences of the History of Science Society; the 2001 AHA prize on Atlantic History; the 2001 AHA prize in Latin American and Spanish History; and the 2006-2007 biannual Honorable Mention of the Murdo MacLeod Book Prize of The Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association. His How to Write the History of the New World was cited among the best books of the year (2001) by The Economist. It also made into the “best book of the year” lists of TLS and the Independent (London).

Cañizares-Esguerra is member of several journal editorial boards, including Atlantic Studies, The Hispanic American Historical Review, the Journal of Early Modern History; Memoria y Sociedad, and Tierra Brasilensis. Countless times he has been an outside reviewer or national fellowships boards, university tenure and promotion committees, university presses, and professional journals. Cañizares-Esguerra has been invited by some 110 university and research institutions world-wide to give talks, delivering several keynote addresses and endowed lectures. Finally Cañizares-Esguerra has trained and is training numerous PhD students.

He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and some 60 book reviews. He has also authored several books: How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford 2001–translated into Spanish and Portuguese); Puritan Conquistadors (Stanford 2006; translated into Spanish); Nature, Empire, and Nation (Stanford 2007); The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 (co-edited, with Erik Seeman), and The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade (co-edited with Jim Sidbury and Matt Childs). He is currently writing a book entitled Bible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence.


D D Todd

Dr. Todd is retired from the Philosophy Department of Simon Fraser University but continues to publish articles and reviews on philosophy, politics and aesthetics. The author of dozens of articles and reviews over the past thirty years, he continues to convene a weekly discussion group with his former graduate students and their academic progeny.