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Sylvia Sellers-García

assistant professor


Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S305


Curriculum Vitae


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:

  • Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire's Periphery – Stanford University Press, 2014
  • “The Criminal Record” – Virginia Quarterly Review, January 2009
  • When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep – Riverhead Books, 2007