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Byron Ellsworth Hamann


Hamann holds a BA in History of Art from Brown University, MAs in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago, and a dual PhD in Anthropology and History from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the art and writing of prehispanic Mesoamerica, as well as on the connections linking the Americas and Europe in the early modern Mediterratlantic world. He teaches in the Department of History of Art at Ohio State University. Thematics: histories of globalizations, commodity circulation, landscape interpretation, the nature of writing, the production of archives, processes of religious conflict and toleration in sixteenth–century Christian–Muslim and Christian–Native American contexts, legacies of the antique Mediterranean in early modern Latin America. He is co–director (with Liza Bakewell) of Mesolore: Exploring Mesoamerican Culture; project manager (for Dana Leibsohn and Barbara Mundy) of Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520–1820; and author of The Translations of Nebrija: Language, Culture, and Circulation in the Early Modern World.