Lentz, Mark W
Assistant Professor - History
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HIST151G World History from 1500 to the Present HIST205G Modern Latin America

HIST204G Colonial Latin America HIST3010 The Historian’s Craft

HIST430G Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America HIST461G Peoples of the Atlantic World

HIST463G Missionaries and Conversion in Latin America

HIST4980 Senior Thesis Research, I HIST4990 Senior Thesis Research, II HONR2000 Ancient Legacies



2018     Murder in Mérida, 1792: Violence, Factions, and the Law. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, Diálogos Series.


2012     Co-editor with Dana Velasco Murillo and Margarita R. Ochoa. City Indians in Spain’s American Empire: Urban Indigenous Society in Colonial Mesoamerica and the Andes, 1530-1810. Sussex, UK: Sussex Academic Press, First Nations and the Colonial Encounter Series.



2017     “Castas, Creoles, and the Rise of a Maya Lingua Franca in Eighteenth-Century Yucatan,”

Hispanic American Historical Review 97, no. 1 (February 2017): 29-61.


  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Prize for Best Article


2014     “Black Belizeans and Fugitive Mayas: Interracial Encounters on the Edge of Empire, 1750- 1803,” The Americas 70, no. 4 (April 2014): 645–675.


2013     “‘The Mission’ That Wasn’t: Yucatan’s Jesuits, the Mayas, and El Petén, 1703-1767,” World History Connected 10, no. 3 (October 2013), Special Issue, “Jesuits in World History.” (On- line)


2009     “Los intérpretes generales de Yucatán: Hombres entre dos mundos,” Estudios de Cultura Maya

33 (2009): 135-158.



2017 –Vatican Film Library (St. Louis University) Short-Term Mellon Fellowship (July-August)


2015-2016 – John Carter Brown Library R. David Parsons (Long-Term) Fellowship (December-July)

2013 – Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Post-Doctoral Grant (August-December) 2013 – National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, “Empires and

Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400–1800” (June)

2012 – National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, “Mesoamerica and the Southwest” Summer Institute Fellowship (June-July)


2009 – Harvard University International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World Short-Term Research Grant


2007-2008 – Murphy Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Graduate Prize Fellowship


2007 – The Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities Grant Recipient


2007 – Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship


2005-2006 – Fulbright Award for Graduate Research in Spain


June-July 2005 – Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship