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Colonial Latin American history, Spanish Borderlands history, Spanish Colonial legal history
A native of the U.S. Southwest, I grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Mexico City, and Madrid. After a stint as a professional musician, I began my graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, where I studied with Peter Bakewell and John Kessell, among others, and received my Ph.D. degree in 1989. Several themes have guided my research over the course of my career: the relationship of native peoples to the wider Hispanic community and the Spanish colonial state, the role of the colonial legal system as mediator between the diverse groups who comprised colonial society, and the ways in which Spanish colonial law has affected Anglo-American law in the U.S. Southwest.