Nadia Cervantes Pérez

Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
401 East Pyne

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


Nadia Cervantes Pérez is a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her primary area of research is Colonial Latin America. One of the goals of her teaching is to show how Indigenous Peoples history, worldview, and experiences have been represented in Western historiography, literature, art, and the media. In both her language courses and Freshman Seminar, she purposefully includes materials that reflect on the influence, presence, or absence of the perspective of marginalized groups. In terms of her research, she examines the representation of Indigenous religions and cultures from the Americas as mediated by European accounts. She also studies Native histories and languages, in particular Nahuatl, as well as their circulation in a transatlantic context during the Early Modern Period. Her publications include articles in the Revista de Estudios HispánicosTransmodernity and REVISTARQUIS. Currently, she is completing a book entitled: El archivo expiatorio: El sacrificio azteca y la historia temprana del México colonial. This book examines the aesthetic representation of Indigenous and European religious rituals in a variety of texts written both in Nahuatl and Spanish, including Nahua códices, treatises, histories, and religious plays during the first two centuries of colonial rule in New Spain. In this book, she shows how the representations of Indigenous cultures were equally impacted by Nahua religious concepts and Early Modern Christian ideas, which both contributed to shaping a connected history of the world. Her intent in completing this book and her future research is to read Indigenous histories in their own terms and understand from a multicultural perspective the role of colonialism in the articulation of a global history.