Kimberly Gauderman

Photo: Kimberly Gauderman

Associate Professor

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 served as the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor for nine years (2009-20018).  She served as Director of the UNM Latin American Studies Program for three years (2005-2008) and is currently a Faculty Affiliate of the UNM School of Law. 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 sexual identities.   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, gangs and criminal organizations, and governmental regimes and political corruption.  

In addition to her research and teaching at UNM, Dr. Gauderman is a Faculty Affiliate of FLACSO-Quito. Since 2010, she has served as an expert witness for individuals seeking asylum from Andean nations and the Northern Triangle of Central America. She has worked with attorneys across the nation to support those seeking asylum in the United States because of domestic, sexual, gang and political violence, and threats to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation in their countries of origin. Because of her expertise as an educator and expert witness, she was chosen by a consortium of law schools to teach in the Summer Law Institute at the Universidad de Guanajuato Facultad de Derecho in 2014. She regularly consults with and provides expert witness affidavits for law students in university immigration clinics across the country. With Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison, in 2017 she organized and participated in a national conference on expert witness testimony at UNM, "Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases."

Recent/Select Publications:

Practicing Asylum: A Handbook for Expert Witnesses in Latin American Gender- and Sexuality-Based Asylum Cases, Editor and contributor, University of California Press, Forthcoming June 2023.  

Review of Sherwin K. Bryant, Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito, American Historical Review, 121:1 (2016), 296-297.

Review of Ernesto Capello, City at the Center of the World: Space, History, and Modernity in Quito, The American Historical Review, 117:3 (2012), 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, 71-91.

“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

In Process: Book Manuscript, “Practicing Asylum: A Handbook on Expert Witnesses in Latin American Domestic Violence, LGBTI, and Mother/Child Cases”


Distinguished Feminist Research Lecturer, “Gender Identity and  
Sexual Orientation in U.S. Asylum Law,” UNM Feminist Research Institute, 2020

Scholars & Society Fellowship, “Practicing Asylum: History and Civic Engagement (A Handbook for Academic Expert Witnesses on Latin American Gender, Sexual, and Gang-based Violence, LGBTQ Status, and Mother/Child Asylum Cases), American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation, 2019-2020. 

Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lectureship, “There’s a Group for That: Asylum History, Research, and Testimony,” UNM Departments of History and Anthropology, 2018. 

Richard E. Greenleaf Conference Award, 2017, "Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases"

Keynote Address, Museo Colonial-Museo Santa Clara, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, 2017, "Las mujeres en América española: autoridad e identidad"

Shoemaker Research Grant, 2015-2016, "Practicing Asylum: Building National Networks for Lawyers and Scholars Working with Latin American Domestic Violence, LGBTI, and Mother/Child Cases"

Faculty Research Grant, 2014, Feminist Research Institute, "Group Security: Gender, Violence and Collective Identity in Latin America and U.S. Asylum Law"

American Indian Student Services Outstanding Faculty and Staff Recognition, 2010

Keynote Address, Tercer Simposio Internacional Interdisciplinario de Estudios Colonials, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, 2007, "Dos mujeres, una ciudad: Herencias modernas en la historia colonial"

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

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

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, University of Oregon, 1986.


  • 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