Judith Mansilla is Instructor at the Department of History in Florida International University. Her research interests focus on Colonial Latin American, specifically the Andean region. Bringing a perspective that integrates environmental, political, social, economic, and legal history approaches, her current book manuscript, “Firm Foundations: Rebuilding the Early Modern State in Lima, Peru After the Earthquake of 1687,” examines the political and material reconstruction of Lima after a major earthquake hit this colonial center of the Spanish empire in the late seventeenth century.
Her research has been supported by Harvard University’s History Project Research Award, FIU’s Broad Research Fellowship, and the Tinker Foundation’s Research Grant. Winner of FIU’s Best Dissertation and Worlds Ahead Graduate Awards, Professor Mansilla is already working on her next research project that examines the social limits of crime, corruption, and dishonest behavior in early modern Latin America.