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:

Contact us at this address.

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 held a public event on the topic of archives in Miami on March 9, 2018. Articles resulting from that conversation are now published in a special issue (Volume 27) of Hemisphere, edited by Bianca Premo.

We are grateful to Florida International University for support for this event.


We had a standing-room-only panel at the American Historical Association meetings in Chicago, IL!

Archival Disloyalties: Archives, Documentary Afterlives, and Critical Histories of Colonial Latin America
papers by: David Sartorius, Bianca Premo, Karen Graubart, Jessica Delgado; with comment by Pamela Voekel
Saturday, January 5, 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Salon 5 (Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor)

Some of us shared a panel at the American Historical Association meetings in New York City (January 2020)

        with papers by: Anna More, Karen Graubart

We are planning a writing retreat (June 2020) and a west coast conference (Fall 2020): stay tuned!