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.
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.
- 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