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Barbara E. Mundy

Professor of Art History

Barbara Mundy

Faculty Memorial Hall 446
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-817-4897

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PhD, Yale


Pre-Columbian America, Sixteenth-century Mexico, Latin America, Cartography


My scholarship dwells in zones of contact between Native peoples and settler colonists as they forged new visual cultures in the Americas. I have been particularly interested in the social construction of space and its imaginary, which was the subject of my first book, The Mapping of New Spain (Chicago, 1996). My most recent book, The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City (Texas, 2015), draws on Indigenous texts and representations to counter a colonialist historiography and to argue for the city’s nature as an Indigenous city through the sixteenth century. My scholarship spans both digital and traditional formats. With Dana Leibsohn, I am the creator of Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 (

I currently serve as a Senior Fellow of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, on the editorial boards of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Estudios de cultura náhuatl, and Fordham University Press.

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.Winner of the 2015 Arvey Prize from the Association of Latin American Art for the year's best book on Latin American art history.

"Place-Names in Mexico-Tenochtitlan." Ethnohistory 61, no. 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 329-355. (View article.)

"Indigenous Dances in Early Colonial Mexico City," in Festivals and Daily Life in the Arts of Colonial Latin America, 1492-1850, Donna Pierce, ed. 11-30. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2014.

"Extirpation of idolatry and sensory experience in sixteenth-century Mexico," in Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice, Sally Promey, ed. 515-535. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

"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 José 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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