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Alexandre Coello de la Rosa

ICREA Acadèmia 2019

Universitat Pompeu Fabra · Humanities

Alexandre Coello de la Rosa

Senior professor of history and researcher at the UPF/CSIC. He has published numerous books and articles on Latin American history and the Philippines, particularly on church history, chronicles of the Indies and the history of the Marianas (16th to 18th centuries). His latest books are: (with J.L. Mateo), In Praise of Historical Anthropology: Perspectives, Methods, and Applications to the Study of Power and Colonialism (London & New York: Routledge, 2020); (with L. G. Jones), Striving for Remembrance: Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (London & New York: Routledge, 2020); (with D. Atienza), Scars of Faith: Letters and Documents of the Mariana Islands’ Jesuit Missionaries (Chestnut Hill: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2021). He is also coeditor of the journal Illes i Imperis and coordinator of the Master in Asian-Pacific Studies in a Global Context (UPF).

Research interests

The PI’s expertise includes Latin American History and the Philippines, with an emphasis on ecclesiastical and early modern history. His education involved the study of Colonial Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology for more than ten years. As a historian, he was trained in history at SUNY at Stony Brook, where he earned his PhD in Latin American History (2001). Afterwards, he deepened this interdisciplinary perspective by collaborating (and publishing) with prestigious anthropologists at the UAB on issues related to ambivalent identities, hibridity, and comparative systems of social classification. He has been visiting professor and researcher in Brasil (Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados, UFGD), Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), and Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP).


Ecclesiastical History, Philippines, Jesuits, Colonial History

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