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Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra




I am the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. I got my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Before UT, I taught at Illinois State University and SUNY-Buffalo. I have also been a visiting professor at 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);the Universidad de los Andes (Santiago-Chile); and the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London

I have won numerous national fellowships given by the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities (at the John Carter Brown Library), the Andrew Mellon (at the Huntington Library), the Charles Warren Center for Studies of American History (at Harvard); the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; and the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program (at the University of Texas).  I  was the Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow of the John Carter Brown Library in 2010; a Senior Fellow at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, in  2014-2015; and a Leverhulme Visting Professor at the University of London in 2016.

I have  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 in 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. My 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). 


I am the author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, as well as of 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). My edited collection Entangled Empires and Severed Archives: Anglo-Iberian Atlantic Worlds 1500-1830  will be published by University of Pennsylvania Press. I am currently finishing a collection of essays tentatively entitled On Prophets and Hybrid Empires . My ongoing book projectBible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence



Our America

Published in Not Even Past on February 4, 2014

Iberian Colonial Science

Published in Apuntes, a Latino Journal on September 11, 2013

Shores of Knowledge

Published in Not Even Past on March 31, 2013

Los 500 años de Florida y el New York Times

Published in ABC España on April 6, 2013.

Simon Bolivar

Published in 15-Minute History on February 3, 2013.

Whose Apocalypse?

Published in The Appendix on Januay 23, 2013.

A Nineteenth Century Digital Humanities?

Published in The Appendix on December 10, 2012.

Re-Reading John Winthrop's "City Upon the Hill"

Published in Not Even Past on September 12, 2011.

Puritan Conquistadors

Published in Not Even Past on May 1, 2011.

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Bible and Empire: The Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy, from Columbus to the Wars of Independence (work in progress)

America na Primeira Modernidade (1492-1750)

Coeditor with Luis Estevam de Oliveira Fernandes, (Rio de Janeiro: Global Editora, forthcoming)

Princeton Companion to Atlantic History

Coeditor with Joe Miller (general editor), Vincent Brown, Karen Kupperman, and Laurent Dubois. (Princeton, 2014)

The Black Urban Atlantic, in the Era of the Slave Trade

Coeditor with James Sidbury and Matt Childs. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

Catolicos y Puritanos en la Colonizacion de America

(Marcial Pons, 2008)

The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000

Coeditor with Erik R Seema. (Prentice Hall, 2006) 

Puritan Conquistadors. Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700

(Stanford University Press, 2006)

Nature, Empire, and Nation. Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World

(Stanford University Press, 2006)

How to Write the History of the New World. Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Spanish version

(Stanford University Press, 2001)


Silencing the Past: On Imperious Historical Categories

Silencing the Past: On Imperious Historical Categories
On Feb 14, 2013, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra gave the 2013 George and Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture at OSU. His talk attempts to look past the blinders that historiographical categories such as The Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, Puritanism, the Reformation, and the Renaissance have imposed on scholarship.

Los frontispicios de Guamán Poma

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra: Los frontispicios de Guamán Poma. "La cultura del libro" / BNP
Especialistas peruanos y extranjeros de alto nivel en el campo de las artes visuales e historia del arte precolombino y colonial así como en la historia del libro y la lectura, se reunieron en Lima los días 22 y 23 de agosto de 2013 en el Seminario Internacional "La cultura del libro: aproximaciones desde la historia y el arte", organizado por la Biblioteca Nacional del Perú.

Puritan Conquistadors

Jorge Canizares-Esguerra on Puritan Conquistadors
Prof Canizares-Esguerra discusses his book, Puritan Conquistadors.

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