Dr. Barbara E. MundyProfessor of Art History
Faculty Memorial Hall 446
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Education PhD, Yale
Pre-Columbian America, Sixteenth-century Mexico, Latin America, Cartography
| Professor Mundy specializes in Latin American art with particular emphasis on indigenous art
and cartography of the 16th century. Her latest book, The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City
(University of Texas, 2015), centers on Tenochtitlan-Mexico City and its transformation from
the sacred capital of the Aztecs into the center of Spain's overseas empire. It was recipient of
the 2017 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA),
awarded to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities
published in English. It also received the 2015 Arvey award from the Association of Latin
American Art for the year's best book on Latin American art history, and received the LASA
Colonial section book award in 2016.
Her first book, The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas (University of Chicago Press, 1996) was winner of the 1996 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography. Her work on cartography has continued with a co-edited volume, Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing and Native Rule (Yale/Beinecke Library, 2012), which sheds light on a rare map of Mexico City, and includes the most extensive scientific analysis of any New World manuscript to date. Professor Mundy's interest in digital humanities has resulted in a pioneering work, Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820, that was co-authored with Dana Leibsohn and funded by an N.E.H. digital development and demonstration grant (2000-03). First published in DVD format by the University of Texas Press in 2010, in 2015, it is now accessible online http://www.fordham.edu/vistas. For the 2015-16 academic year, Professor Mundy is a Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she was at work on a book about the reception of the European book by indigenous artists of the New World.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONSThe Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.Winner of the 2015 Arvey Prize from the Association of Latin American Art for the year's best book on Latin American art history.
"Place-Names in Mexico-Tenochtitlan." Ethnohistory 61, no. 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 329-355.
"Indigenous Dances in Early Colonial Mexico City," in Festivals and Daily Life in the Arts of Colonial Latin America, 1492-1850, Donna Pierce, ed. 11-30. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2014.
"Extirpation of idolatry and sensory experience in sixteenth-century Mexico," in Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice, Sally Promey, ed. 515-535. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
"Mapping Babel: A 16th Century Indigenous Map from Mexico," The Appendix: A new journal of narrative & experimental history (October 2013).
"History from Things: Indigenous Objects and Colonial Latin America," with Dana Leibsohn, World History Connected 9, no. 2 (June 2012).
"Pictography, Writing, and Mapping in the Valley of Mexico and the Beinecke Map," and "Crown and Tlatoque: The Iconography of Rulership in the Beinecke Map," in Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing and Native Rule, co-edited with Mary Miller (New Haven and London: Yale University Press/Beinecke Library, 2012).