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Dr. Barbara E. Mundy

Barbara E. Mundy

Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 446
Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-4897


B.A. Yale; Ph.D. Yale.

Area of Specialization

Latin America

Courses Taught

Pre-Columbian Art; Aztec Art; Renaissance and Baroque in Latin America; Modern Latin American Art; Native American Art and Art History Introduction


Professor Mundy specializes in Latin American art with particular emphasis on indigenous art and cartography of the 16th century.  A co-edited volume, Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing and Native Rule (2012) sheds light on a rare map of Mexico City. 

A pioneering digital work, Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820, was co-authored with Dana Leibsohn and published in DVD format by the University of Texas Press in 2010; a sample can be seen online at  A new book, The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City, centers on Tenochtitlan-Mexico City and its transformation from the sacred capital of the Aztecs into the center of Spain's overseas empire.  It is forthcoming with University of Texas Press in Fall, 2014.

Selected Publications

"Mapping Babel: A 16th Century Indigenous Map from Mexico," The Appendix:  A new journal of narrative & experimental history (October 2013).  (View article.

"Pictography, Writing, and Mapping in the Valley of Mexico and the Beinecke Map," and "Crown and Tlatoque:  The Iconography of Rulership in the Beinecke Map," in Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing and Native Rule, co-edited with Mary Miller (New Haven and London: Yale University Press/Beinecke Library, 2012). 

"History from Things:  Indigenous Objects and Colonial Latin America," with Dana Leibsohn, World History Connected 9, no. 2 (June 2012). (View article.)

"The Images of Eighteenth-Century Urban Reform in Mexico City and the Plan of Jos
é Antonio Alzate," Colonial Latin American Review 21, no. 1 (April 2012), pp. 45-75.

"Conquering an Island Empire," "Syncretic Space," "Litigating Land," In Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader, K. Offen and J. Dym eds. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), pp. 42-45, 51-60.

"National cartography and indigenous space in Mexico," in Early American Cartographies, M. Brückner, ed. (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press/Omohundro Institute of Early American History, 2011), pp. 363-388.

"Aztec geography and spatial imagination," in Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies, K. Raaflaub and R. Talbert, eds.  Series:  The Ancient World:  Comparative Histories (Malden, Mass. and Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 108-127.

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, Cultura visual en Hispanoamérica, 1520-1820, co-authored with Dana Leibsohn (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010).

“Mesoamerican Cartography." in The History of Cartography, vol. 2.3. ed. D. Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 183-256. Volume was winner of the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize for 1999. (View article.)

“Mapping the Aztec Capital: The 1524 Nuremberg map of Tenochtitlan, Its Sources and Meanings.” Imago Mundi, vol. 50 (1998), pp. 1-22.

The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas.  Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1996.  Winner of the 1996 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography.  Paperback edition, 2000.

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