Photo of Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Professor - 18TH-19TH c. Latin America, especially Mexico; environmental and social history; gender and family; popular culture and violence

Degrees:B.A. (Ottawa), M.A. (Tulane), Ph.D. (Tulane)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8161
Office:424 Paterson Hall

Research Interests

  • Origins of gender violence in Latin America
  • Masculinity in colonial Mexico
  • Latin America, especially Mexico

Honours and Awards

2019 Research Fellow of the Center for Advanced Latin American Studies, Universidad de Guadalajara. (Funded by the German Ministry of Education)
2015-2016 Marston Lafrance Research Fellowship
2011-2014 SSHRC recipient
1998 Conference on Latin American History Prize, [best English-language article of the year], Honourable mention, for “The Intersection of Rape and Marriage in Late-Colonial and Early-National Mexico.”
1992 Tibesar Award, [best article in the journal The Americas] granted by the Conference on Latin American History, for “Indigenous Communities and Water Rights in Colonial Puebla: Patterns of Resistance.”

Select Publications

Ciclos de violencia y género: los momentos de conflictos en América Latina como generadores de identidad de género.
Cycles of Violence and Gender: Generator Moments in Latin American History and Gender Identity. San José: Universidad de Costa Rica, 2021. (129 pages)

The Origins of Macho: Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2019).

Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750- 1856 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012).

To Defend Our Water with the Blood of our Veins: The Struggle for Resources in Colonial Puebla. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999).

With Javier Villa-Flores. Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico. (Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, in press for Spring 2014).

With Lyman Johnson. The Faces of Honor: Sex, Shame and Violence in Colonial Latin America. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998).

Articles and chapters:

Jóvenes imprudentes: conducta peligrosa y juventud liminal en Nueva España. Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas / Anuario de Historia de América Latina Vol. 60 (2023): 69-94. 

With Verónica Undurraga Schüler, “ Scandal and Gender in Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin America-Introduction” Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas / Anuario de Historia de América Latina Vol. 60 (2023):1-9.

With Zehra Ilhan. “Spaces and Places.” 31-48, in A Cultural History of Youth in the Renaissance, Vol. 3, Ed Lucy Underwood. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2023.

“The Emotional Life of Boys in Eighteenth-Century Mexico City.” 351-361, in The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience. Ed. Deborah Simonton. London: Routledge, 2017.

A New Challenge: Social History and Dogs in the Era of Post-Humanism”, en Sociedad indiana.

The Power of Laughter: Humor, Violence and Consensus in New Spain, 17th and 18th Centuries.Revista de Historia Social y de las Mentalidades, Vol. 19, Nº 2, 2015: 239-263.

“”If I Can’t Have Her, No One Else Can”: Jealousy and Violence in Mexico.” in Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico. Edited by Javier Villa-Flores and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2014. 66-86.

With Colin Coates, “”Un Canadien Errant” in New Mexico: Louis-Marie dit Coulon’s Heresy and Rebellion” New Mexico Historical Review vol. 87, number 4 (Fall 2012):457-484.

“Honor in the Past: The Case of Mexico”, The Inquisitive Mind: Social Psychology for You, issue 13, 2011.

With Colin Coates, “Un Canadien errant : Louis-Marie Moreau, dit Coulon: hérésie et rébellion au Nouveau-Mexique,” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, vol. 63 no. 4 (Printemps 2010): 435-464.

“El honor y la familia en la Nueva España,” in Familia y tradición. Herencias Tangibles y Intangibles, Edited by Nora Edith Jiménez Hernández, (Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2010),  volume I, pp. 337-348.

“Language of Body and Body as Language: Religious Thought and Cultural Syncretism” in Religión in New Spain. Edited by Susan Schroeder and Stafford Poole. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007).

“Honor, familia y violencia en México.” In Gozos y sufrimientos en la historia de México. Edited by Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru and Verónica Zárate Toscazo. (Mexico City: El Colegio de México and Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora, 2007).

“Los insultos en la Nueva España en el siglo XVIII” in Historia de la vida cotidiana en México III El siglo XVIII: entre tradición y cambio  edited by Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru (Mexico City: El Colegio de México and Fondo de Cultura Económico, 2005.

“Latin America and the Caribbean” in A Companion to Gender History edited by Teresa A. Meade and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Oxford: Blackwell Books, 2004) 477-491.

“Mira lo que hace el diablo: The Devil in Mexican Popular Culture, 1750-1856” The Americas 59, no. 2, (2002),  201-219.

“Model Children and Models for Children in Early Mexico” in Minor Omissions: Children in Latin American History and Society Edited by Tobias Hecht (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), — 52-72.

Recent Supervisions
Rachel Beausoleil-Morison, PhD program  in ISLACS, A Nation Sings Itself: The Voice and Identity in Música Popular Brasileira.

Kate Hallson. M.A. in History. Call the Ticitl: The Ritual of Midwifery in New Spain.

David Barrios Giraldo, M.A. in Political Economy program, Memory and NGOs in late 20th century Colombia.

Christine Rivas, Ph.D. in History, “Power, Race, Class and Gender in Colonial Santo Domingo: An Analysis of Spanish

Dominican Marital Patterns in the Archbishopric of Santo Domingo, 1701-1801.”

Christine McGuire, MA in Public History (co-supervision with John Walsh), “”Living with the Memory”: The Historical Representation and Public Memory of the 1973 Coup D’état in Chilean Communities in Ottawa and Toronto.”

Adriana Gouvea, M.A. in Public History, “Representing a Difficult Past: Narratives of Slavery at the National Historical Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”

Gillian Gibson, M.A. in History, “Beyond Two Cold War Blocs: Canadian Involvement in the Peruvian Socialist Nexus, 1960-1975.”