María Elena Martínez is an Associate Professor of Latin American History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on colonial Mexico, the cultural connections between Spain and the Americas, and more generally the formation of the Iberian Atlantic world. Professor Martínez's publications include a number of articles on space, religion, gender, and race in New Spain, as well as her book Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008). The book has received the American Historical Association's 2009 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History and the American Historical Association's Conference on Latin American History's prize for best book in Mexican history.
Richard Kagan is the Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor of Early Modern European History at John Hopkins University. His speciality is the history of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on Habsburg Spain and its overseas empire. Professor Kagan's books include Students and Society in Early Modern Spain (1974), Lawsuits and Litigants in Castile, 1500-1700 (1981), Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain (1990), and Urban Images of the Hispanic World, 1493-1793 (2000). He has also edited and contributed to several volumes, including Spanish Cities of the Golden Age (1989); Spain, Europe, and the Atlantic World (1995); a volume of essays dedicated to his mentor, John H. Elliot, co-edited with Geoffrey Parker; and Spain in America: The Origins of Hispanism in the United States (2002).
Peter Bakewell is the Edmund and Louise Kahn Professor of History at Southern Methodist University. His specialty is Colonial Latin America. Professor Bakewell reveals new aspects of the economy and government of significant areas of colonial Spanish America by investigating the production of silver. His prize-winning first book, Silver Mining and Society in Colonial Mexico, Zacatecas 1546-1700 was the first thorough study of one of the prime sources of silver in the Spanish empire. Blakewell's other books include A History of Latin America. Empires and Sequels, c. 1450 to the Present; Miners of the Red Mountain: Indian Labor in Potosi, 1545-1650; and Silver and Entrepreneurship in Seventeenth-Century Potosi: The Life and Times of Antonio Lopez De Quiroga.