Karen Graubart

Associate Professor

Department: History

Area of Specialization:

Latin American colonization; gender; race/ethnicity; law

Karen Graubart is a historian of gender and race in colonial Latin America and the Iberian empire. Her first book, With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Peru, 1550-1700 (Stanford, 2007), won the Ligia Parra Jahn prize for best work in gender studies from the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies. Her more recent work focuses on free Black women slave-owners as well as the forms of self-governance available to religious and racial minorities across the early modern Spanish empire, especially when those forms reveal distinctive local notions of race and gender.

Gender Studies Courses:

  • Archives and Power
  • Fugitive Blackness
  • Gender and Colonization in Latin America
  • Race, Gender, and Slavery in the Atlantic World


Email: kgraubar@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-0377
Office: 475 Decio