Spanish Empire, European Imperialism, Colonial Latin America
Mónica Ricketts graduated from Harvard University with the dissertation “Pens, Politics, and Swords: The Struggle for Power during the Breakdown of the Spanish Empire. Peru and Spain, 1760-1830.” Her fields of interest are the histories of Latin America and Spain in the period 1500-1850, the spread of the Enlightenment in the Hispanic world, the breakdown of the Spanish empire, revolutions in the Atlantic World, as well as the intellectual and cultural history of this region. From 2007 to 2009 she was an assistant professor of history at Long Island Unversity, C. W. Post.
Among her latest publications are: “Les «Napoléons » hispano-américains ou la transformation d'officiers de l'armée en leaders politique. Pérou, 1790-1830” (Napoléon et les Amériques. Histoire Atlantique et empire napoléonien, eds. Christophe Belaubre, Jordana Dym and John Savage. Toulouse: CNRS-UTM, Collection Méridiennes, 2009) and “Bringing Spain and Spanish America Back Together: Towards a New Political History of Independence” (forthcoming soon). She has been awarded a Humboldt Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2009-2010 and will be conducting research and writing in Berlin. She will join the history department at Temple University in the fall of 2010.