Kenneth Andrien

Edmund J. and Louis W. Kahn Chair in History, SMU

Dallas Hall 225
(214) 768-2195

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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. 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.  

Education and Honors

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

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • 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.
  • Crown and Clergy in Bourbon Peru: Regalism and Reform of the Catholic Church, 1708-1808. (Work in progress)
  • He is also the editor of The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America (2002).
  • Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness Under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 (2001).
  • The Kingdom of Quito, 1690-1830: The State and Regional Development (1996),
  • 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).
  • Crisis and Decline: The Viceroyalty of Peru in the Seventeenth Century with a Spanish translation published in Peru in 2011), (1985)