Jeffrey Muller, Ph.D., is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. in art history at Yale University where he wrote a dissertation on the collection of Peter Paul Rubens. There his interests in Flemish renaissance and baroque art expanded and embraced the question of how art made for the Counter Reformation changed society. He is currently working on a new project about the Jesuit global strategy of accommodation. In this project he asks: How did the Jesuits fashion their interactions with the diverse peoples from China to Peru whose souls they wished to save?
Barbara Ganson, Ph.D., is Professor of History and Director of Caribbean and Latin American Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She became interested in the history of the Rio de la Plata as an undergraduate at the Catholic universities in Buenos Aires and Asuncion during her junior year abroad. She received her Ph.D., and M.A. degrees, respectively in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of an award-winning book, The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata (Stanford University Press, 2003). In the Spring 2017 she will be working on a new English translation and edited volume of Peruvian Jesuit missionary Antonio Ruiz de Montoya’s Conquista espiritual hecha por los religiosos de la Compañía de Jesús en las provincias del Paraguay, Paraná, Uruguay y Tape (1639).