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 Califrnia, San Diego, and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México. She joined Lehigh’s Department of History in 2013.

She is the author of “Cambios y adaptaciones del nacionalismo puertorriqueño: Del Grito de Lares al Estado Libre Asociado” (Morelia, Mexico: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo-Fundación Vueltabajo-Editorial Morevalladolid, 2015) which reconstructs the history of nationalist movements in Puerto Rico from 1868 to 1952. 

Zepeda Cortés 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 Colonial Latin America and 50 Modern Latin America (a two-course survey on the history of Latin America)
Hist 90 Latin American Breaking Bad: A History of the Global Drug Wars (College of Arts and Sciences first-year seminar)
Hist 303 The History of U.S.-Latin American Relations (advanced undergraduate and graduate seminar)
Hist 421 Readings in Topics in the Atlantic World: The Spanish Atlantic World in the Age of Enlightenment (graduate seminar) 

She is currently working on a second book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation tentatively titled: “The Politics of Reform: José de Gálvez and the Transformation of the Spanish Empire”.


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