Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art
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Dana Leibsohn earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Anthropology. For her M.A. (University of Colorado) and her Ph.D. (UCLA), she turned to Art History. Her current research taps the insights of both fields, focusing on both indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, hybridity in colonial visual culture, the trade between China and Mexico, and the early modern history of Manila.
Professor Leibsohn teaches courses on Latin American visual culture and histories of colonialism and early modern exchange. She also has a strong interest in digital technologies and team-teaches the interdisciplinary classes "Digital Effects," and "Making Knowledge." In many of her courses students produce scholarship accessible to the public, including projects on contemporary artists, objects in local museums, and historic maps.
Her online, collaborative publications include, Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 and History from Things: Indigenous Objects and Colonial Latin America. Professor Leibsohn is also a member of Smith's Latin American and Latino/a Studies program and serves as the editor of Special Issues for the interdisciplinary journal, Colonial Latin American Review.