Kimberly Gauderman

Associate Professor

Photo: Kimberly Gauderman

Phone: (505) 277-7852
Office: Mesa Vista 2079


B.A. in History and French, University of Oregon, 1986
M.A. in Latin American History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998

Research Interests:

Early and Modern Latin America,  Ethnohistory, Human Rights , Andes, Mexico, Central America, Gender, Indigenous Peoples


Dr. Gauderman joined the History Department in 1998 and is currently the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor.  She teaches a variety of courses focusing on early and modern Latin American history. Reflective of her research interests and her concern for social justice and human rights, she focuses on the construction of institutional authority in the early modern and modern periods in Iberia and Latin America and the creation of racial categories, gender norms, and sexuality.  She offers courses on early Mexico (including Central America), early South America, modern Central America and the Andean nations that include such themes as indigenous peoples, women, gender and sexuality, environment, human rights, terrorism and authoritarian regimes.  

In addition to her research and teaching at UNM, Dr. Gauderman is on the board of faculty at FLACSO, Ecuador. She also works as an expert witness for individuals seeking asylum from Andean nations and Central America. She has worked with attorneys across the nation to support those seeking asylum in the United States because of threats to their sexual identity, domestic and sexual violence, and political violence.

Recent/Select Publications:

Review of Ernesto Capello, City at the Center of the World: Space, History, and Modernity in Quito, The American Historical Review 2012 117: 1272-1273.

“It Happened on the Way to the Temascal and Other Stories: Desiring the Illicit in Colonial Spanish America,” Ethnohistory, Winter 2007; 54: 177 - 187.

“The Authority of Gender: Women’s Space and Social Control in Seventeenth-Century Quito.”  In New World Orders: Violence, Sanction, and Authority in the Colonial Americas. Ed. John Smolenski and Thomas J. Humphrey. Philadelphia, PN: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

“A Loom of Her Own: Women and Textiles in Seventeenth-Century Quito,” Colonial Latin American Review, June 2004.

Women’s Lives in Colonial Quito: Gender, Law, and Economy in Spanish America, University of Texas Press, 2003

“Father Fiction: A Comparison of English, Spanish and Andean Gender Norms,” Indigenous Writing in Spanish Indies, UCLA Historical Journal, (Special Issue), vol. 12 (1992), 122-51

Review of Patricia Seed, To Love Honor and Obey in Colonial Mexico, UCLA Historical Journal, vol. 9 (1989), 113-117.


Teaching Enhancement Grant, 2003, Teaching Allocations Subcommittee, University of New Mexico

Fulbright Grant for Dissertation Research, 1994, University of California, Los Angeles

Social Sciences Research Council Grant for Dissertation Research, 1994-94, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Early Latin America
  • World History
  • Early South America
  • Women in Early Latin America
  • Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
  • The Andean Republic
  • History of Women
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Human Rights and Asylum Law