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Portrait of Professor Kenneth Andrien


Kenneth Andrien

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in History
Colonial Latin American History

Dallas Hall Room 225

Educational Background

  • Trinity College, 1969-1973. B.A. with honors in history and general scholarship
  • Duke University, 1973-1975. M.A. in history. Thesis:  "The Tribute System in Colonial Peru, 1540-1680"
  • Duke University, 1975-1977.  Ph.D. in history Dissertation:  "The Royal Treasury and Society in Seventeenth-Century Lima"   

Research Interests

Professor Andrien specializes in Colonial Latin American history, focusing specifically on the Andean region from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Most recently his focus has broadened to place the history of colonial Latin America within the context of the early modern Atlantic World.  He has written Crisis and Decline: The Viceroyalty of Peru in the Seventeenth Century (1985) (with a Spanish translation published in Peru in 2011), The Kingdom of Quito, 1690-1830: The State and Regional Development (1996), and his most recent book is Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness Under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 (2001). He has co-edited (with Rolena Adorno) Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century (1991) and (with Lyman L. Johnson) The Political Economy of Spanish America in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850 (1994). He is also the editor of The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America (2002). In addition, he has published numerous articles in journals such as Past and Present, Hispanic American Historical Review, Colonial Latin American Review, and Journal of Latin American Studies.  Andrien recently finished a book-length research project (in collaboration with Allan J. Kuethe of Texas Tech University) which examines the intersection of ideas, culture, and public policy in the eighteenth-century Spanish Empire, entitled War and Reform in the Spanish Atlantic World, 1714-1796.

Work in Progress

Crown and Clergy in Bourbon Peru:  Regalism and Reform of the Catholic Church, 1708-1808.  This is an archivally based book project that examines the influence of the Enlightenment and the emerging conflicts within the Catholic Church and between Church and State in the Spanish Atlantic Empire, focusing on the Viceroyalty of Peru. It examines the first major reform policies dealing with the Catholic Church in 1748 to the onset of the independence movements by 1808.  It is in the research phase, with three trips to the Spanish and Peruvian archives within the past year.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • E. Malcolm Carroll Fellowship, 1973-75
  • Family and Community History Program Fellowship, Newberry Library, 1975
  • Tinker Foundation Fellowship, 1975-76
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1976-77
  • Shell Foundation Fellowship, 1977-78, declined
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, 1979
  • University Research Grant, The Ohio State University, 1983
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1985-86, declined
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, Department of Education, 1985-86
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1991-92
  • Faculty Professional Leave, The Ohio State University, 1995-96
  • Arts and Humanities Seed Grant, The Ohio State University, 2003-2004
  • Robert H. Bremner Fellow, Department of History, 2006-2009
  • Faculty Professional Leave, The Ohio State University, 2010

Last updated 08/12