Republics of Difference: Religious and Racial Self-Governance in the Spanish Atlantic World (Oxford University Press, 2022)

With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700. (Stanford University Press, 2007).

    • Winner of the Ligia Parra Jahn prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (2008)


“Pesa más la libertad: Slavery, Legal Claims, and the History of Afro-Latin American Ideas,” William and Mary Quarterly 78:3 (July 2021): 427-58

“‘Of greater dignity than the negros’: Language and In-Group Distinctions within Early Afro-Peruvian Cofradías,” for Miguel Valerio and Javiera Jaque Hidalgo, eds., Indigenous and Black Confraternities in Colonial Latin America: Negotiating Status Through Religious Participation (University of Amsterdam Press, 2022): 135-62

“‘Women were governing before the Spanish entered in this kingdom’: The Institutionalization of the Cacica from the North Coast of Peru,” in Sara Vicuña Guengerich and Margarita Ochoa, editors, The Cacicas of Spanish America, 1492-1825 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021): 139-64

“As Slaves and Not Vassals: Interethnic Claims of Freedom and Unfreedom in Colonial Peru,” Población y sociedad 27:2 (2020): 30-53 online here

    • Winner of the 2021 José María Arguedas Prize of the Latin American Studies Association, Peru Section

“Self-Representation and Self-Governance in Early Latin America,” in Yolanda María Martínez-San Miguel and Santa Arias, eds., The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898) (Routledge, 2020): 57-70

“Imperial Conviviality: Producing Difference in the TransAtlantic Iberian World,” in Luciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia, and Maya Manzi, eds., Convivial Constellations in Latin America: From Colonial to Contemporary Times (Routledge, 2020)

“‘Como esclavos y no vasallos’: leyendo la historia intelectual indígena a través de la historia de esclavitud,” Revista Andina 56 (2019): 70-75.

“Taxation, Obligation, and Corporate Identity in 16th-Century Lima,” in Emily Engel, ed., A Companion to Early Modern Lima (Leiden: Brill, 2019): 82-102

“On Being Disciplined and Counted in the Early Modern Circum-Caribbean,” Hemisphere 27 (2018): 14-18 online here

“Imperial Conviviality: What Medieval Spanish Legal Practice Can Teach Us About Colonial Latin Ameria,” MECILA Working Paper Series no. 8 (São Paulo: Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies on the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018) online here

“‘Ynuvaciones malas e rreprouadas’: Seeking Justice in Early Colonial Pueblos de Indios,” in Brian Owensby and Richard Ross, eds., Justice in a New World: Negotiating Legal Intelligibility in British, Iberian, and Indigenous America (NY: NYU Press, 2018): 151-82.

“Containing Law Within the Walls: The Protection of Customary Law in Santiago del Cercado, Peru,” in Protection and Empire: A Global History, ed. Bain Attwood, Lauren Benton, and Adam Clulow (UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 29-46.

“The Bonds of Inheritance: Afro-Peruvian Women’s Legacies in a Slave-holding World,” in Mónica Díaz and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, eds., Uncovering the Colonial Archive: Women’s Textual Agency in Spanish America 1500-1800 (NY: Routledge, 2017): 130-150.

“Shifting Landscapes: Heterogeneous Conceptions of Land Use and Tenure in the Lima Valley,” Colonial Latin American Review 26:1 (2017): 62-84.

“Competing Spanish and Indigenous Jurisdictions in Early Colonial Lima,” chapter in Ken Mills, Senior Editor for Colonial Spanish America, Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin American and Caribbean History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) available here

“Learning From the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes,” Hispanic American Historical Review 95:2 (May 2015): 195-228. Winner of the 2015 James Alexander Robertson Prize from the Conference on Latin American History.

“Catalina de Agüero: A Mediating Life,” in Jonathan Truitt and Mark Christensen, eds., Native Wills From the Colonial Americas: Dead Giveaways in a New World (University of Utah Press, 2015): 19-39

“Ethnicity,” Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, ed. Joseph C. Miller (Princeton University Press, 2015): 192-6.

“Los lazos que unen: dueñas negras de esclavos negros en Lima ss. XVI-XVII,” Revista Nueva Corónica [Lima, Peru] 2 (2013): 625-640

“’So color de una cofradía’: Catholic Confraternities and the Development of Afro-Peruvian Ethnicities in Early Colonial Peru,” Slavery and Abolition 33:1 (March 2012): 43-64.

“Towards Connectedness and Place,” response to “Mapping Ethnogenesis in the Early Modern Atlantic,” by James Sidbury and Jorge Cañizares, William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd. ser. 68, no 2 (April 2011): 233-235.

“The Creolization of the New World: Local Forms of Identity in Urban Colonial Peru, 1560-1640,” Hispanic American Historical Review 89:3 (August 2009): 471-499.

“Miguel de Estete” and “Bartolomé Arzáns de Orsúa y Vela,” in Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, ed. Joanne Pillsbury (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), Vol II: 48-52, 206-210.

“De qadis y caciques,” Bulletin del Institut Français d’Etudes Andines 37:1 (2008): 83-96.

“La moda colonial: aproximaciones a la etnicidad en dos ciudades peruanas coloniales,” in Tejiendo Sueños en el Cono Sur, ed. Victória Solanilla (Barcelona, Grup d’Estudis Precolombins, 2005): 295-302.

“Hybrid Thinking: Bringing Postcolonial Theory to Latin American Economic History,” in Postcolonial Thought and Economics, ed. S. Charusheela and Eiman Zein-Elabdin. (Routledge, 2003): 215-234.

“Dressed Like an Indian: Ethnic Ambiguity in Early Colonial Peru,” SALALM Papers 47 (2002):1 -9

“Weaving and the Gender Division of Labor in Early Colonial Peru.” American Indian Quarterly, 24:4 (Fall 2000): 537-561.

“Indecent Living: Indigenous Women and the Politics of Representation in Early Colonial Peru,” Colonial Latin American Review 9:2 (December 2000): 213-235.

“El tejer y las identidades de género en el Perú en los inicios de la colonia,” Boletín del Instituto Riva-Agüero (Perú) 24 (1997): 145-165.


Karen B. Graubart and María Cecilia Ulrickson, “Colonial Peru.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson III. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Participant with Jason Ruiz, “María Elena Martínez: A Roundtable Memorial,” Radical History Review no. 123 (October 2015): 177-184.

Karen Graubart and Edward Beatty, “Sabine MacCormack (1941-2012),” Hispanic American Historical Review 93:1 (February 2013): 99-101

Carmen Diana Deere, José Alvarez, Karen Graubart and William A. Messina, Jr. “An Annotated Bibliography on Post-1959 Cuban Agriculture.” International Working Paper Series, International Agricultural Trade and Development Center, University of Florida at Gainesville, January 1996.