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Sylvia Sellers-García

assistant professor

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Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S305

Email: sylvia.sellers-garcia@bc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009

MPhil, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, 2000

 
Fields of interest:

Colonial Latin America; early modern Spain; colonial Central America; history of empire; narrative and literature.

 
Academic profile: 

Professor Sellers-García’s teaching interests include colonial Latin America, the Spanish empire, and the meetings points between history and fiction. Her current research project focuses on a sensational homicide and corpse mutilation case from 1800 in Guatemala. Bringing together histories of urban space, enlightenment medicine, sexuality, and criminal justice, the project showcases Guatemala at a transition point between colonial and modern. More broadly, her research examines the history of documents, the period of Bourbon reforms in the eighteenth century, and the history of empire.

 
Representative publications:

  • Documents and Distance at the Spanish Empire’s Periphery – forthcoming in 2013 with Stanford University Press
  • “The Criminal Record” – Virginia Quarterly Review, January 2009
  • When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep – Riverhead Books, 2007