La Patrona Collective

La Patrona Collective for Colonial Latin American Scholarship was founded in 2015 by co-directors Karen Graubart (University of Notre Dame), Jennifer Scheper Hughes (University of California – Riverside) and Pamela Voekel (Dartmouth College). In the spirit of our late beloved friend, colleague and irreplaceable interlocutor María Elena Martínez, we seek critical approaches to colonial Latin American history, collective processes of research and writing, and to support the work of emerging scholars.

Collective members are:  Jessica Delgado (Princeton University), Ivonne Del Valle (University of California – Berkeley), Karen Graubart (University of Notre Dame), Jennifer Scheper Hughes (University of California – Riverside), Anna More (Universidade de Brasília), Bianca Premo (Florida International University), David Sartorius (University of Maryland), and Pamela Voekel (Dartmouth College).

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Our inaugural conference in honor of María Elena Martínez took place at Princeton on March 3-4, 2017. See here for the program.  Many thanks to Jessica Delgado for the work of organizing this event.

For assistance with this event, we thank the following units at Princeton University: African American Studies, American Studies, The Center for the Study of Religion, The Council of the Humanities, Department of Religion, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American Studies, Department of History, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of English, Department of Anthropology, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Our first archival practicum was held July 2-7, 2017 in Rome. Karen Graubart was project director.


For supporting our archival practicum in Rome, we would like to thank the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame Research, the Rome Global Gateway at the University of Notre Dame, the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame, the Department of Religion at Princeton University, and Dartmouth College.

La Patrona Collective will write a series of essays on our archival work for a special issue of Hemispheres, to be edited by Bianca Premo. We plan a collaborative writing retreat in Miami in March 2018 to complete those pieces.