Kenneth Andrien

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in History



Office Location

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.  

Recent Articles

Andrien, Kenneth. “Economies American:  Spanish Territories,” in Joseph C. Miller et al, Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2014, 170-175.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Age of Exploration, c. 1500-1650,” in Philippa Levine and John Marriott eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories, Aldershot:  Ashgate Publishing, 2012, 15-39

 Andrien, Kenneth. “The Bourbon Reforms.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Politics of Reform in Spain’s Atlantic Empire During the Late-Bourbon Period:  the Visita of José García de Leon y Pizarro in Quito,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 41:4 (November 2009):  637-662.  Spanish Translation: “La Visita de José García de León y Pizarro a Quito: Políticas de reforma en el Imperio atlántico de España durante el período borbónico tardío,” Boletín de la Academia Nacional de Historia,LXXXIX: 184 (Marzo de 2011):  97-127.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Invention of Colonial Andean Worlds,” Latin American Research Review 46:1 (April 2011):  217-224.

Andrien, Kenneth.  “The Bourbon Reforms, Independence, and the Spread of Quechua and Aymara,” in Paul Heggarty and Adrian Pearce, eds., History and Language in the Andes.  Cambridge: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011, 113-130.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Coming of Enlightened Reform in Bourbon Peru:  Secularization of the Doctrinas de indios, 1746-1773,” in Gabriel Paquette, ed., Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and its Atlantic Colonies, c. 1750-1830.   Aldershot:  Ashgate Publishing, 2009, 183-202.

Andrien, Kenneth. "Legal and Administrative Texts," in Joanne Pillsbury, et al, Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900.  Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 2008, 107-119.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Virtual and the Real:  The Case of the Mysterious Documents from Naples” History Compass, 6/5 (September 2008):  1304-1324.

Andrien, Kenneth. “The Spanish Atlantic System,” in Jack Greene and Philip Morgan, eds., Atlantic History:  A Critical Appraisal.  Oxford and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2008, 55-80.

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
Portrait of Professor Kenneth Andrien