B.A. (Spanish) University of California, Davis, 2005; M.A. (Spanish and Spanish American Literature and Culture) New York University, 2008; A.B.D. Ohio State University, 2013. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History. I focus on the early colonial period in Peru (1532-1570), investigating questions of identity formation, gender, and the establishment of the colonial state. My dissertation advisers are Stephanie J. Smith and Kenneth Andrien (now at Southern Methodist University). Using a variety of sources, including archival judicial documents, chronicles, and letters, my dissertation specifically focuses on the Encomenderos Revolt of Peru (1544-1548) and how people involved in the revolt saw themselves and their place in the development of the early colonial Peruvian society. My dissertation traces the origins of early colonial institutions to medieval Spain and the Reconquista, using specific examples to show how conquistadors adapted 13th century Castilian laws to be applied to the invasion and colonization of Peru in the 16th century. I show how the Encomenderos Revolt was a reaction to the new Spanish Hapsburg dynasty threatening not just the livelihoods of Peruvian colonists, but fundamental Castilian privileges which defined colonist identity and justified the enslavement of indigenous peoples. Currently I am developing an article which explores how women maintained extensive economic and cultural power within the Spanish and colonial structure from the 1530s through the 1570s due to their deft use of the legal system to their advantage. I have presented work at various conferences, including the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Symposium and the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference. I have also been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies year-long grant for the study of Portuguese and am currently a Bradley Foundation Fellow for the 2015-2016 year.