Smith College
Dana Leibsohn

Dr. Dana Leibsohn

Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art


     Dana Leibsohn's current research taps the insights of anthropology and art history, focusing on both indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, hybridity in colonial visual culture, the trade between China and Mexico, and the early modern history of Manila.

     Leibsohn teaches courses on Latin American visual culture and histories of colonialism and early modern exchange. She also has a strong interest in digital technologies and team-teaches the interdisciplinary classes Digital Effects and Making Knowledge. In many of her courses students produce scholarship accessible to the public, including projects on contemporary artists, objects in local museums and historic maps.

     Her online collaborative publications include Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 and History from Things: Indigenous Objects and Colonial Latin America. Leibsohn is also a member of Smith's Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program and serves as the editor of special issues for the interdisciplinary journal Colonial Latin American Review.

Association of Print Scholars
Aaron M. Hyman and Dana Leibsohn Awarded The 2018 APS Publication Grant

     Aaron M. Hyman and Dana Leibsohn have been awarded the Association of Print Scholars 2018 Publication Grant to support the forthcoming publication related to their project “Washing the Archive: Indigenous Knowledge, European Prints, and Colonial Histories of Latin America.”

     The co-authored project focuses on the circulation of prints in colonial Latin America, highlighting unpublished documents and the methodological provocations indigenous practices can offer traditional early modern print histories. The funding supplied by the grant will provide both authors the opportunity to travel to the Library of Congress and to the University of Virginia to complete their study of indigenous uses of European prints in Spanish America, especially practices of re-use, circulation, and loss under colonial conditions. The $2,000 award is funded by the Association of Print Scholars and through the generosity of C.G. Boerner and Harris Schrank. We thank both print dealers for their support of APS and its mission.

     Dana Leibsohn is the Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College. Her research focuses on indigenous visual culture and architecture in the Americas and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, hybridity in colonial visual culture, the trade between China and Mexico, and the early modern history of Manila. With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, she is co-directing a project, “Pacific America: Art, Travel, and Collecting, 1750-1850,” with Giorgio Riello (U. Warwick). Her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Getty Research Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has been published in Colonial Latin American Review, Ethnohistory, Journal of Material Religions, and RES.