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Jonathan Truitt, Professor of 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.

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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Truitt focuses on indigenous and European relations in colonial Mexico. His primary research interests have surrounded the interactions between the Nahua people of central Mexico and the Catholic Church during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His current research focuses on the intersections of cultural development around board games during the colonial period. The idea for this project developed as a result of his pedagogical work in game-based learning.

Professor Truitt is also the director of the CMU Center for Learning through Games and Simulations (CLGS).

Recent Publications

ed. with Mark Christensen. Native Wills from the Colonial Americas: Dead Giveaways in a New World. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015

Sustaining the Divine in Mexico Tenochtitlan: Nahuas and Catholicism, 1523-1700. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press and the Academy of American Franciscan History, 2018.

with Stephany Slaughter. Mexico in Revolution, 1912-1920. New York: W. W. Norton, 2019.