Jeffrey Erbig

Assistant Professor
Visiting Assistant Professor

Photo: Jeffrey Erbig

Office: 2076 Mesa Vista Hall
Personal Website


B.A., Messiah College, 2005
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

Research Interests:

Latin America, Frontiers and Borderlands, History of Cartography, Historical GIS, Rio del la Plata, Indigenous Peoples


Jeffrey Erbig is a historian of Latin America, whose research focuses on interethnic borderlands in the eighteenth-century Río de la Plata region (modern-day Uruguay, northeastern Argentina, and southern Brazil). His book manuscript assesses the ways in which autonomous indigenous communities known as Charrúas and Minuanes both limited and utilized Luso-Hispanic initiatives to create an interimperial border between Brazil and Spanish South America. There and in his article-length works, he has utilized geographical information systems (GIS) to enhance other forms of historical analysis. His teaching interests include early and modern Latin America, the Southern Cone, indigenous America, the history of cartography, and historical GIS. Jeffrey is the co-founder and co-organizer of UNM's Spatial Humanities Working Group. (

Recent/Select Publications:

“Borderline Offerings: Tolderías and Mapmakers in the Eighteenth-Century Río de la Plata” Hispanic American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (2016): 445-480.

“Onde nômades e geógrafos se encontram: charruas, minuanes e a demarcação de limites no Rio da Prata” em Produzindo Fronteiras: entrecruzando escalas, povos e impérios na América portuguesa (XVII-XIX). Íris Kantor e Diogo Ramada Curto, eds. Belo Horizonte: Fino Traço, (Forthcoming).

“Entre plazas y tolderías: Mapas, nómades y territorialidad en el Río de la Plata, 1700-1805” Memoria, presente y porvenir en América Latina, (Forthcoming).


  • Modern Latin America
  • History of Southern South America
  • Mapping Latin America
  • The Slave Trade in Africa and the Americas