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Catherine Komisaruk’s research focuses on Mexico and Central America, particularly in the colonial era.  Currently she is working on a book about gender, native families, and uprisings in colonial Mexico and Guatemala.  The project is supported in 2018-2019 by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Her previous book, Labor and Love in Guatemala: The Eve of Independence (Stanford University Press, 2013) is a history of ordinary women and men.  It shows the ways in which modern-day ethnicities and labor forms are rooted in the gendered migration patterns and family configurations of the colonial period.  Komisaruk is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited the Statistical Abstract of Latin America  and a special issue of the journal Biography.  Her work has been supported by grants from UCLA, the University of Iowa, the American Association of University Women, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Before coming to UTSA, Komisaruk taught at universities in California, New York, and Iowa, and at the secondary level in Guatemala.  Her courses focus on Mexico, Cuba, colonial Latin America, historical research and writing methods, gender and slavery, and native peoples in the Americas. 

She received a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.  She has taken courses in modern and classical Nahuatl at the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas in Mexico.


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