Karen B. Graubart

Karen B. Graubart


Associate Professor

Graduate Program Field

Latin American History


Atlantic; Gender; Imperial; Latin America; Medieval; Mediterranean; Sexuality; Urban


B.A., (1984) Barnard College, Columbia University
Ph.D., (2000) University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Research and Teaching Interests

Social and urban history of colonial Latin America; gender and sexuality in colonial Latin America; race, ethnicity, religion, and "difference" in the late medieval Iberian world; comparative slaveries in the Iberian world. My new book is a study of the construction of categories of difference, and the reaction of subject populations to these categories, in fifteenth century Seville and sixteenth century Peru.


Professor Graubart is the author of With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700 (Stanford University Press, 2007), which was awarded the Ligia Parra Jahn prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in 2008.  She has published articles in Hispanic American Historical Review, Colonial Latin American Review, Slavery and Abolition, The William and Mary Quarterly, and other journals and books.  Her work has received generous support from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, the American Association of University Women, the Kellogg Institute, and the John Carter Brown Library.

Contact Information

Office: 475 Decio
Phone: 574-631-0377

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556