I am an Associate Professor of History in the Department of English, History and Politics and the University of Suffolk.
Previously, I was Profesor-Investigador in the Division of History and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.
I have also been a Visiting Professor in the Department of History
at the University of São Paulo.
I study the early modern spatial imagination with a particular emphasis on how Euclidean notions of space shaped the way that things beyond direct experience were "seen," including, for example, the solar system, the whole earth, or any part of the terrestrial surface. Along these lines, I am interested in two things. First, I seek to understand how Euclidean space produced a visual culture in which spatial projection was linked to a positive anthropology. Second, I wish to know how Euclidean space impelled changes in longstanding views of the relationship between humanity, the cosmos and God.
European Thought and Culture, 1350-1992: Burdens of Knowing just appeared in June 2021 with Routledge. It is the only single-volume survey of European intellectual history from the late medieval period to the modern one.
It explores the main currents of European thought between 1350 and 1992, which it approaches in two principal ways: culture as produced by place and the progressive unmooring of thought from previously set religious and philosophical boundaries.
The Spatial Reformation offers a sweeping history of the way Europeans conceived of three-dimensional space, including the relationship between Earth and the heavens, between 1350 and 1850. It argues that this "spatial reformation" provoked a reorganization of knowledge in the West that was arguably as important as the religious Reformation. Notably, it had its own sacred text, which proved as central and was as ubiquitously embraced: Euclid's Elements. Aside from the Bible, no other work was so frequently reproduced in the early modern era. This work's penetration and suffusion throughout European thought and daily experience call for a deliberate reconsideration not only of what constitutes the intellectual foundation of the early modern era but also of its temporal range.
I am studying the history of European libraries in colonial Latin America and have examined important collections in Argentina (La Manzana Jesuítica), Brazil (O Monasteiro de São Bento), Mexico (La Biblioteca Palafoxiana), and Peru (El Convento San Francisco).