A history expert with a focus on Latin America, travel and the conquest of the Americas
Assistant professor, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Contact at: (213) 740-4552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- the history of Latin America
- the conquest of the Americas
- the history of travel
- the history of science
- Spanish history, colonialism and empire
- the history of art
- Bleichmar holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Art History and Spanish and Portuguese. She was trained as a cultural historian of early modern science, specializing in the history of the natural sciences in Europe and the Spanish Americas in the period 1500-1800. Her work focuses on the production and uses of visual material in science, the history of collecting and display, the history of the book, and the history of the Spanish empire. She is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Visible Empire. Colonial Botany and Visual Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish World.
Her research and teaching interests include the history of collecting and display; interactions between art and science; Iberia, the Spanish Americas and the Atlantic World; colonialism and imperialism; print, books and reading; scholarly practices; travel; and anatomy and medicine.
Bleichmar is the author of several articles on visual culture and natural history in the Spanish empire, as well as co-editor of a volume of essays on the history of science, medicine and technology in the Spanish and Portuguese empire, to be published by Stanford University Press in 2008. She is also working on two new projects, one on collecting in the Spanish Empire, and the other on the interactions of global trade, print culture and empiricism in the Spanish and Portuguese empires in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
She was honored by Smithsonian magazine as one of "America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences: 37 under 36." She has received the following: the award for the best dissertation on Latin American visual culture 2004-2006, Association for Latin American Art, 2007; the USC "Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences" Research Grant, 2007-2008; a USC-Del Amo Research Grant; a short-term research grant, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University, 2007.
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