Director of Graduate Studies
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 300-B
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2001
Professor Premo has researched topics ranging from Andean women and the Spanish colonial economy, to the history of childhood, to African slavery in the Americas, to state policy, law and creole writings during the last decades of Spanish rule. What binds her diverse research interests is a desire to understand how Spanish Americans lived colonialism every day. Her first book, Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima (2005), reveals how Lima’s children were socialized into colonial hierarchies and how adults viewed and practiced their roles as authority figures over children in a legal culture that favored elite fathers and distant kings. She has also co-edited Raising an Empire, a volume of historical scholarship about children and childhood in early modern Spain, Portugal and colonial Latin America, and is the author of various articles and book chapters on women, children and the law in colonial Peru. For her second monograph, Prof. Premo is undertaking a comparative study of civil litigation in Peru, Mexico and Spain in the eighteenth century.
Professor Premo teaches undergraduate survey courses on the history of Latin American civilizatio in addition to specialized upper-level courses on gender and colonial Latin American society. At the graduate level, she shares with students her longstanding fascination with everyday forms of colonial rule, gender and generation, along with newer interests in Spanish history, colonial and postcolonial theory, and the eighteenth-century Atlantic World.