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Susan Kellogg

Professor Susan Kellogg

Phone: (713) 743-3118
Email: skellogg@uh.edu
Office: 560 Agnes Arnold Hall

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Professor Kellogg is a scholar of Mexican and Latin American history whose research focuses on indigenous peoples, law, and women in Latin America, particularly Mexico. She also studies colonialism and cultural change and the impact of each on Latin American history. Prof. Kellogg received her doctorate (in anthropology) from the University of Rochester. She has been both Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department and currently serves as Director of the Latin American Studies Program.


Prof. Kellogg’s teaching has centered on offering undergraduate courses on colonial Latin America and Mexico as well as a course on women’s history in Latin America, past and present. She developed a course on Latin American history through film, and at the graduate level, she teaches about colonial Latin American historiography and ethnohistory. Her most recent focus in teaching has been on developing an interdisciplinary introductory Latin American Studies course (LAST 3300) as well as a History capstone course, Researching Mexican History (HIST 4373). She has also traveled with students to Mexico City, Costa Rica, and Cuba in courses designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students to the histories and cultures of these countries and regions.

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Research Interests

Prof. Kellogg is author or editor of four books and numerous articles. Her book, Law and the Transformation of Aztec Culture, 1500-1700, received Honorable Mention for the Howard Francis Cline Memorial Award from the Council on Latin American History. This book, based on Spanish and Nahuatl documentation, discusses law and social and cultural change among the Mexica of central Mexico in the pre- and post-conquest period. Her book, Weaving the Past: A History of Latin America’s Indigenous Women from the Prehispanic Period to the Present, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. She is researching war, social hierarchy, and political organization in late prehispanic and early colonial central Mexico, as seen particularly through the eyes of colonial indigenous and mestizo chroniclers, and published an edited volume (with Ethelia Ruiz), Negotiation within Domination: New Spain’s Indian Pueblos Confront the Spanish State, published by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2010. She also recently co-edited (with María Rodríguez-Shadow), a volume honoring the work of feminist archaeologist Rosemary Joyce, Género y arqueología en Mesoamérica. Homenaje a Rosemary A. Joyce, published by the Centro de Estudios de Antropología de la Mujer in 2013. Her article, “The Mysterious Mothers of Alva Ixtlilxochitl: Women, Kings and Power in Late Prehispanic and Conquest Tetzcoco” appears in that volume.

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Selected Publications

  • “Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Marina and Other Women of Conquest,” in Indigenous Historiography in Colonial Mexico: Fernando Alva Ixtlilxochitl and His Legacy, eds. Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming).

  • Negotiation within Domination: New Spain’s Indian Pueblos Confront the Spanish State, eds. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano and Susan Kellogg (University Press of Colorado 2010).

  • Weaving the Past: A History of Latin America's Indigenous Women from the Prehispanic Period to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2005).

  • "Conflict and Cohabitation between Afro-Mexicans and Nahuas in Central Mexico," co-authored with Norma Angélica Castillo Palma, in Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America, ed. Matthew Restall, University of New Mexico Press, 2005).

  • "From Parallel and Equivalent to Separate but Unequal: Tenochca Women, 1500-1700," in Indian Women of Early Mexico (ed. Susan Schroeder, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett, University of Oklahoma Press, 1997).

  • Law and the Transformation of Aztec Society, 1500-1700 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1995).

  • Dead Giveaways: Colonial Testaments of Spanish America ed. by Susan Kellogg and Matthew Restall (University of Utah Press, 1998).

  • Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life, co-authored with Steven Mintz (Free Press, 1988)