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Chad Black

Associate Professor


Chad Black is a specialist in the late-colonial and early-Republican Andean region, with a special emphasis on the connections between law, governance, and gendered social authority.  Among his specific areas of research are women’s uses of customary legal practices to assert social and economic autonomy, the impact of the independence period on social relations, and the conflict between institutional and popular norms of sexual behaviors.  His dissertation, “Between Prescription and Practice: Governance, Legal Culture, and Gender in Quito, 1765-1830,” was directed by Dr. Kimberly Gauderman.  He was recipient of the Fulbright-Hays International Dissertation Research Fellowship in 2002-2003.

Chad regularly presents his work at both regional and international conferences on Latin American history.  Recent conference presentations include the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin America Studies, 2007 and 2004; American Historical Association/Conference on Latin American History, 2006; and Latin American Studies Association, 2007 and 2004. For the 2007 Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Chad organized a panel entitled “Unnatural Acts: ‘Aberrant’ Sex and ‘Normative’ Gender in Colonial Latin America,” which included a paper of his own entitled “As (S)he Would Treat a Woman: Gender and Same-Sex Love in Bourbon Quito.”

Chad teaches courses at the University of Tennessee on a wide variety of subjects related to both early and modern Latin America, including Gender and Sexuality in Early Spanish America, The Conquest of Spanish America, the History of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, and the History of Modern Latin America: Nation and Its Discontents.

Research Interests

Early Latin America, gender and sexuality, Ecuador, legal history, historiography, empire, digital history, 18th and 19th-century Andes


Ph.D. University of New Mexico

M.A. University of New Mexico

B.S. Appalachian State University

Selected Publications

  • Black, Chad Thomas (2007) "Between Prescription and Practice: Licensure and Women's Legal Identity in Bourbon Quito, 1765-1810" Colonial Latin America Review, 16:2, 273-298.
  • “The Making of and Indigenous Movement:  Culture, Ethnicity, and Post-Marxist Social Praxis in Ecuador,” Research Paper Series No. 323 (May 1999), Albuquerque, NM:  Latin American and Iberian Institute.

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