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Nicole T. Hughes

Assistant Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Nicole T. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Her research focuses on the early modern world, especially sixteenth-century New Spain (Mexico) and Brazil. She has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Mellon Humanities International Fellow), the John Carter Brown Library, and the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut in Berlin. She has been a visiting researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s Centre for the Humanities and the Universidade de São Paulo. Previously, she was a Mellon Scholar in the Humanities at the Stanford Humanities Center.
In her current book project, "Stages of History: New Spain, Brazil, and the Theater of the World in the Sixteenth Century," she analyzes dramatic performances in which missionaries, conquistadors, and indigenous populations superimposed depictions of far-flung conflicts and representations of local struggles. She argues that by envisioning other parts of the world and relating those images back to the Americas, participants in these theatrical spectacles created foundational narratives of New Spanish and Brazilian history. The book is a substantial reworking of her dissertation, which was a finalist for the Latin American Studies’ Association Maureen Ahern Award for best dissertation in Colonial Latin American Studies (2017-2020).
Hughes, Nicole T. "The Sultan Hernán Cortés: The Double Staging of The Conquest of Jerusalem." Representations 152, no. 1 (Fall 2020), 55–84.
Hughes, Nicole T. "Fiestas Fit for a King: Contested Symbolic Regimes of Power in New Spain." Renaissance Quarterly 73 [forthcoming].  


Ph.D. Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University
Nahuatl Language and Culture, IDIEZ (Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas)
B.A./M.A. Comparative Literature, New York University