Jonathan Truitt

Jonathan Truitt, Associate​ Professor of Colonial Latin American and World History, received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2000, his M.A. from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2003, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2009. He joined the History Department at CMU in 2009.

Office: Powers 157
Phone: (989) 774–2668
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Truitt focuses on indigenous and European relations in colonial Mexico City. His primary research interests have surrounded the interactions between Nahua people of central Mexico and the Catholic Church during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His other interests include the role of female le​adership in the indigenous community, the adoption and adaptation of European music and theater, the Nahuatl language, and the use of games to teach history.

Professor Truitt is also the director of the CMU Institute for Simulations and Games (ISG).

Selected Publications

Native Wills from the Colonial Americas: Dead Giveaways in a New World, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press (forthcoming). With Mark Christensen.

Courting Catholicism: Nahua Women and the Catholic Church in Colonial Mexico City,” Ethnohistory 57 (2010), 415–444.

Adopted Pedagogies: Nahua Incorporation of European Music and Theater in Colonial Mexico City,” The Americas 66 (2010), 311–330.​​

Current Courses​

Fall 2015 - Sabbatical