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BioProfessor Mansilla's research interests focus on Colonial Latin American, the Andean region, and the Atlantic World. Bringing a perspective that integrates environmental, political, social, economic, and legal history approaches, her current book project, "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. She has presented her research findings in several conferences in US, Latin America and Europe. She has also published her work in various academic journals and edited volumes, in both English and Spanish.
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.
She currently teaches undergraduate classes covering various topics of Latin America History, from pre-Hispanic to the national period. In her teaching, she emphasizes the role of Latin American within the current process of globalization, which began when Europeans colonized this region. In her research seminars, she presents topics on Early Modern Western Civilization, specifically Latin America and Western Europe.