College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Joan C. Bristol

Joan C. Bristol

Joan C. Bristol

Associate Professor

Latin America, African-American history, social and cultural history, history of commodities

Joan C. Bristol received her PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro-Mexican Ritual Practice in the Seventeenth Century (University of New Mexico Press, Diálogos series, 2007). Her articles appear in the Boletín del Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico), the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, and several edited volumes. Her current research interests include the intersection of gender and racial ideologies in colonial Spanish America and the history of pulque and mezcal in Mexico. Professor Bristol has served as secretary and chair of the Colonial Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History. Professor Bristol is affiliated with the Center for Global Studies and the Latin American Studies, Honors, and New Century College programs at George Mason.

Current Research

Distilling Identities: From Pulque to Tequila in Mexico, 1428-Present

Selected Publications

"Creole Civic Pride and Positioning 'Exceptional' Black Women,” with Tamara Harvey, in Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire, eds. Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan C. Imbarrato, 2016

“Black Catholicism in Mexico,” Journal of Africana Religions, vol. 2, no. 2, 2014

“A Trail of Precious Goods: Colonial Latin American Commodity History,” History Compass, volume 11, issue 11, November, 2013

“Ana de Vega: Seventeenth-Century Afro-Mexican Healer,” in Human Tradition in Latin America, ed. Kenneth Andrien, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2013

Courses Taught

History 125:  Global History

History 271:  Survey of Colonial Latin America

History 365:  Conquest and Colonization in Latin America

History 510:  Approaches to Modern World History

History 525:  The Atlantic World

History 610:  Study and Writing of History

Recent Presentations

“Globe-Trotting and Coming ‘Home’ in Jewish Mexico," April 2017, Latin American Studies Association.

“Mixing Pulque and Drinking Coyotes in Colonial Mexico, “ March 2017, Library of Congress, Colloquium: Mestizaje, Hybridity, and Cultural Entanglements in Colonial Latin America

Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 2015, “Creole Civic Pride and ‘Exceptional’ Black Women,” with Tamara Harvey

American Society for Ethnohistory, October 2014, “Health Food or Diabolic Vice? Pulque Discourse in Colonial New Spain”

Society of Early Americanists, July 2014, "Devotion Across the Atlantic: A Judaizing Mulata in Seville and Mexico City"