Associate Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies
Javier Villa-Flores received his doctorate in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. His work revolves around issues of religion, colonialism, performance studies, and the social history of language in colonial Mexico.
His first book, Carlo Ginzburg: The Historian as Theoretician (University of Guadalajara, 1995), offered an epistemological discussion of the historian's craft focusing on Carlo Ginzburg's work. His second book, Dangerous Speech: A Social History of Blasphemy in Colonial Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2006) analyzes the representation, prosecution and punishment of blasphemous speech in New Spain from 1520 to 1700. He has recently edited with Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, Emotion and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), and with Carlos Aguirre, From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives in Modern Latin America (Editorial A Contracorriente, 2014). Other recent publications include, “Archivos y falsarios: producción y circulación de documentos apócrifos en el México borbónico”, Jahrbuch Für Geschichte Lateinamerikas (2010), “Reframing a Dark Passion: Bourbon Morality, Gambling and the Royal Lottery in New Spain” in Javier Villa-Flores and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, eds, Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico (2014), and “Plotting a Fire: The Burning of the Cineteca Nacional and the Idea of a Self-destructing Archive”, in Carlos Aguirre and Javier Villa-Flores, eds., From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives in Modern Latin America (2014).
Professor Villa-Flores research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Institute for the Humanities at UIC. He is the recipient of a 2014 Mid-Career Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIC.