I am a historian and (linguistic) anthropologist (Harvard College '92; University of Chicago, combined PhD in history and anthropology, '00), and have taught at Vassar since 2003. I am the author of The Invisible War: Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico, (2011; paperback edition, 2013), and a co-editor of Chimalpahin's Conquest: A Nahua Historian's Rewriting of Francisco López de Gómara's La conquista de México (2010), both with Stanford University Press.

In 2012, Spanish-language versions of these books appeared as Las guerras invisibles: Devociones indígenas, disidencia, y disciplina en el México colonial (Mexico: UABJO, Colegio de Michoacán, CIESAS, and UAM), and Chimalpáhin y La Conquista de México. La crónica de Francisco López de Gómara comentada por el historiador nahua (Mexico: UNAM).

Painted Words: Nahua Catholicism, Politics, and Memory in the Atzaqualco Pictorial Catechism (Elizabeth Boone, Louise Burkhart, and David Tavárez, Harvard University Press/Dumbarton Oaks, 2017) is a critical edition of a fascinating colonial Mexican catechism in pictograms, reinterpreted as a historical narrative by a Nahua annalist.

I have advised or chaired multiple doctoral dissertations by students at the Postgraduate Program in Mesoamerican Studies (UNAM, Mexico), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France), and CIESAS (Mexico), and also served as evaluator for the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, The John Carter Brown Library, Poland's National Science Center, and Chile's National Science and Technology Commission (CONICYT).

I have also been chair of the Mexican Studies Committte at the Conference on Latin American History, councillor for the American Society for Ethnohistory, and editorial board member of Ethnohistory. This journal featured a report on the Proverbs of Solomon, a Biblical text rendered into Nahuatl by indigenous scholars and Franciscan friars, only to be banned by the Inquisition in 1577. This work, and several others, will be addressed in an ongoing project that focuses on indigenous humanism in colonial Mexico.