Miriam Melton-Villanueva
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Miriam Melton-Villanueva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Miriam Melton-Villanueva graduated with a Ph.D. from UCLA in 2012 and is currently a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA.

Using Nahuatl-language (“Aztec”/ Mexica) documents, Dr. Melton-Villanueva’s research proves indigenous writing and notarial traditions continued into the 19th century, reaching even beyond the Independence period. Her book manuscript based on this research is called “The Nahuas at Independence: Culture Keeping in Central Mexico, 1799-1832” and describes a vibrant culture of writing and local ritual.

Specializing in women and men that historians have traditionally rendered invisible – or simply described as having disappeared – her approach is to find, transcribe and translate manuscripts generated by indigenous notaries within central Mexican communities of the colonial era.

Her research interests include: Ethnohistory; notarial records; Nahuatl language testaments; indigenous women and cacicas; environmental history; local development of Mexican Spanish; local religious practices; indigenous communities of the Late Colonial and Independence periods in Latin America, Mesoamerica, Highland Central Mexico, and Metepec region of the Toluca Valley.

UNLV invites you to experience her classes in Mexican History, World History, Latin American History, and Latin American Ethnicities.

Expert Areas

  • Latin American History