Brian Larkin

Brian Larkin

Contact Information:
Office: Richarda N8
Phone: 320 363 5226
E-mail: [email protected] 

Ph.D: Latin American History, University of Texas at Austin 1999
M.A: Latin American History, University of Texas at Austin 1994
B.A: History, College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University (MN)

Courses Taught: 
HIST 121: Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas: From Indigenous Empires to Colonized Peoples 
HIST 122: Revolution and Repression in Modern Latin America
HIST 295E: Inventing the Conquest of Mexico
HIST 321: Mexico: From Aztecs to Independence
HIST 322: Mexico: From Independence to Today
HIST 323/THEO 317: Religion in Latin America
HIST 395E: Idols & Images in Colonial Mexico

Academic Interests:
Latin America, especially Mexico and colonial Spanish America; Religious history

Recent Publications: 

“Christianity Converted: The Initial Encounters between Europeans and Latin Americans,” Christian History 130 (May 2019): 6-11.

“Beyond Guadalupe: The Eucharist, the Cult of Saints, and Local Religion in Eighteenth-Century Mexico City,” The Catholic Historical Review 104:2 (Spring 2018): 223-267. Winner of Nelson H. Minnich Prize for best article in the Catholic Historical Review in 2018

“Tridentine Catholicism in the New World,” in The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin American Religions, Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Paul Freston, and Stephen C. Dove. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.


The Very Nature of God: Baroque Catholicism and Religious Reform in Bourbon Mexico City (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010).  [Amazon][WorldCat]

Professor Larkin is currently researching Eucharistic piety in the colonial Archdiocese of Mexico (c. 1550-1820).

After receiving his PhD, Professor Brian Larkin taught world history and Latin American history at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Currently, he teaches lower-division courses on pre-contact, colonial, and modern Latin America and upper-division courses on colonial Mexico, modern Mexico, and religion in Latin America. He has led CSB/SJU semester-long study abroad programs to Guatemala and Spain.