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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), Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness Under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 (2001), and his most recent book (co-authored with Allan J. Kuethe) is The Spanish Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century: War and the Bourbon Reforms, 1713-1796 (2014). 

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, 2013). 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.  He is currently writing The Spanish Atlantic World, 1492-1825, which is an interpretive synthesis of the Spanish Atlantic world from the voyages of Christopher Columbus through the independence era. The book is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Work in Progress

Crown and Clergy in Bourbon Peru:  Regalism and Reform of the Catholic Church, 1708-1808. This is a book project based on archival research in Spain, Peru, and Italy that examines the influence of the Enlightenment and the emerging conflicts between Church and State in the Spanish Atlantic Empire, focusing on the Viceroyalty of Peru from the eighteenth century, until the onset of the independence movements by 1808.  

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 08/14