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Nora E. Jaffary, PhD

Professor, History

Nora E. Jaffary, PhD
Availability: Fall 2024: Mondays, Wednesdays 2:45-3:45

Dr. Jaffary is a Latin Americanist whose research focuses on social and gender history in colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico. Her book, Reproduction and Its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905 (UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016) examining midwifery, monstrous births, infanticide, abortion and the emergence of Mexican obstetrics, won the Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson Prize in 2017, and Honorable Mention for the Latin American Studies Association's Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History in 2018. Her new Abortion in Mexico: A History is forthcoming in both Spanish (Tirant lo Blanch) and English (University of Nebraska).

Dr. Jaffary received her Ph.D. in Latin American History from Columbia University in 2000. She has published a monograph on the Mexican inquisition’s investigation of popular religious practices, False Mystics: Deviant Orthodoxy in Colonial Mexico,  a volume of essays treating the comparative colonization of the Americas, Gender, Race, and Religion in the Colonization of the Americas, and two collections of primary sources in translation aimed at introducing students to Mexican history and to women's history: Women in Colonial Latin America: Texts and Contexts, 1526-1806, co-edited with Jane E. Mangan and Mexican History: A Primary Source Reader, co-edited with Edward W. Osowski and Susie S. Porter.

Dr. Jaffary regularly teaches classes on the colonial and modern history of Latin America including "Latin America Via the Novel: Gabriel García Márquez and Latin American History," and "Power and Culture: Mexican, Cuban, and US Relations."

Dr. Jaffary is interested in working with graduate students on issues involving Mexico’s social and cultural history in the colonial and modern eras, or more broadly on gender, medicine, race, crime, deviancy, and religion in colonial and nineteenth-century Latin America.

She has previously served as both Graduate Program Director, Department Chair, and as the Academic Code Administrator for the Faculty of Arts and Science. 


B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. University of British Columbia; Ph.D. Columbia University.

Teaching activities

Courses 2023/24

HIST 276: Latin America - The Colonial Period
HIST 372: Latin America via the Novel

HIST 332: US, Cuban, and Mexican Relations  
HIST 601: Research Methods

Recent graduate students

Camila Casgrain-Rodriguez (MA, 2022-) Feminism in Mexico

Luis Londoño (PhD, 2020-) Crime in Mexico

Hugo Rueda (PhD, 2017-2023). Memory and Nation in Chile.

Courses taught

HIST 276: Latin America: The Colonial Period.
HIST 336: Deviancy and Orthodoxy in Mexican History

HIST 332: Power and Culture: Mexican, Cuban and US Relations.
HIST 372: Latin America Via the Novel.
HIST 403: History and Methodology
HIST 457/640/840: Deviancy and Orthodoxy in Mexican History
HIST 457/640/840: The Idea of Race in Latin America
HIST 457/640/840: Crime in Mexican History

HIST 457/640: Sexuality and Gender in Latin American History


Selected publications

Reproduction and its Discontents in Mexico:Childbirth and Contraception in Mexico, 1750-1905. Chapel Hill: University ofNorth Carolina Press, 2016.

Co-edited with Jane Mangan, Women in ColonialLatin America 1526 to 1806: Texts and Contexts. Indianapolis: HackettPublishing Company, 2018.

Co-edited with Edward W. Osowski and SusieS. Porter, Mexican History: A Primary Source Reader. Boulder: Westview Press,2010.

False Mystics: Deviant Orthodoxy in Colonial Mexico. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2004 (Engendering Latin America Series).  Paperback edition, 2008.

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