She has published numerous essays in academic journals and edited volumes. Her books include Retórica, historia y polémica: Bartolomé de las Casas y la tradición intelectual renacentista (2001) and four co-edited volumes: Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture, and Experience (2002), Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Bartolomé de las Casas (2008), The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2008), and Coloniality, Religion, and the Law in the Early Iberian World (2013). Her second monograph, (forthcoming), The Nature of Empire: Geo/graphing the Tropics during the Enlightenment, explores the centrality of geographical thinking in late colonial discourses on the tropical Americas. For this book project, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a CIES/Fulbright Fellowship to Colombia.
She has under contract the co-edition of The Routledge Companion to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898). In addition, she is working on the new project Entanglements from San Juan: The Imperial-Colonial Paradox of Enlightened Discourses on Nature and Improvement at the Caribbean Frontier. This book focuses on the territorial transformation of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean under Bourbon rule. In January 2017, she was appointed Chairperson of the KU Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Professor Arias teaches courses on colonialism from a global perspective with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (XVI-XIX centuries).
- Colonial and Postcolonial Approaches
- XVI-XIX Spanish Globalism
- Colonialism and Imperialism
- Natural Histories
- De las Casas, Tropicality
- Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
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