The Commons: Instruments of Colonization in the Spanish Empire

Joint Seminar with Princeton University

Vera Candiani. A native of Argentina, Vera S. Candiani teaches early modern Latin America as well as landscape and material culture literacy at Princeton University. Her first book, Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014), won the Conference for Latin American History’s Elinor Melville Prize for best book in Latin American environmental history. Her current projects are comparative – one examines the relationship among commons, peasants and colonization in the early modern French, English and Spanish Americas; the other, wetland desiccation and enclosure in France, England and Mexico.