Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes

Lehigh University History - Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Iberian Atlantic World, political Latin American history, history of corruption
Maginnes Hall #332
(610) 758-3366

María Bárbara Zepeda Cortés earned her doctorate and master’s degree in History from the University of California, San Diego, and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Zepeda Cortes taught history and Spanish grammar courses at UC San Diego. Her works have appeared in Latin American and European publications; she has presented at conferences in the United States, Mexico, and Spain; and she has received a number of research fellowships and awards. Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on politics in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the early modern Atlantic world; and particularly on political culture, corruption, state reform, political social networks, nationalism and identity formation, and U.S.-Caribbean relations. At Lehigh she teaches the following courses: Hist 49 and 50 The History of Latin America (a two-course survey on the history of colonial and modern Latin America) Hist 303 The History of U.S.-Latin American Relations Hist 90 Latin American Breaking Bad: A History of the Global Drug Wars (CAS First-Year Seminar) She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her Ph.D. dissertation tentatively titled: “‘An Army of Monkeys in Uniform:’ José de Gálvez and Political Culture in the Spanish Empire, 1765-1787”


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