Tracy BrownProfessor
Anspach Hall 136A


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC, May 2000
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, August, 1991
  • B.A., English and Women's Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y., May, 1986, cum laude

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Native North America
  • Anthropology of gender and sexuality
  • U.S.-Mexico Border

 Research Interests

  • Pueblo Indian ethnohistory
  • Spanish colonization of the New World
  • Indigenous people and state-making
  • Gender, class and ethnicity in colonial encounters

Selected Publications

  • "Pueblo Indians and Spanish Colonial Authority in New Mexico, 1539-1820" (University of Arizona Press, 2013).
  • "Intimate Ties: Families, Kinship and Marriage in Eighteenth Century Pueblo Communities," in David Wallace Adams and Crista DeLuzio, eds., On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural Southwest (University of California Press, 2012).
  • "A World of Women and a World of Men? Pueblo Sorcery and Healing in Eighteenth Century New Mexico," in Lisa Vollendorf and Daniella Kostroun, eds., Women and Religion in the Atlantic World (1600-1800) (University of Toronto Press, 2009​).
  • "'Abominable Sin' in Colonial New Mexico: Spanish and Pueblo Perceptions of Same-Sex Sexuality," in Thomas Foster, ed., Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America (NYU Press, July 2007).
  • "Tradition and Change in Eighteenth-Century Pueblo Communities," Journal of the Southwest Volume 46, No. 3 (Fall 2004): 463-500.
  •  "Stratified or Egalitarian? The Sociopolitical Dynamics of Eighteenth-Century Pueblo Communities," Kiva: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History: Volume 69, No. 3 (Spring 2004), pp. 283-304.
  • "Conversion to Christianity in Colonial New Mexico: Pedagogy and Personhood in the Pueblo/Franciscan Encounter," Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture, Volume 12, June 2001, p. 29-50.