Byron Hamann

Byron Hamann

Byron Hamann

Associate Professor

1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Prehispanic Mesoamerica
  • Early Modern Latin America
  • Early Modern Europe


  • BA with Honors, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, 1994
  • MA, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1998
  • MA, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2000
  • PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2011
  • PhD with Distinction, Department of History, University of Chicago, 2011

My research is focused on the art and writing of prehispanic Mesoamerica, as well as on the connections linking the Americas and Europe in the early modern transatlantic world. Theoretically, my work explores the histories of globalizations, commodity circulation, landscape interpretation, the nature of writing, methods of archival research, processes of religious conflict and toleration in sixteenth-century Christian-Muslim and Christian-Native American contexts, and the legacies of the antique Mediterranean in early modern Latin America. Likes: Sarah Waters, Alfred Gell, Michael Camille, Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour, Marshall Sahlins, Frances Yates, Edward Said, Sally Binford, Carlo Ginzburg, Eamon Duffy, William Cronon, Jean Comaroff, Mary Douglas.

Professor Hamann will not be accepting PhD applicants for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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