Kenneth Mills (D. Phil. Oxford) is Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, where he served as Chair of History (2009-2012) and was also the founding Director of Latin American Studies. Professor Mills is an anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on the colonial Spanish Americas. His special interests concern religious and cultural transformation and re-creation. He offers a range of courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto, where he received the Distinguished Service Award for Faculty from the Graduate History Society of the Department of History.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto, Kenneth Mills tutored for three years in the Faculty of Modern History at the University of Oxford, lectured at the University of Liverpool, and taught for a decade at Princeton University (1993-2003), where he was also Director of the Program in Latin American Studies and served for two years as Assistant to the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.
Mills, along with Evonne Levy, is the editor of the Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation (University of Texas Press, 2013). Other publications include An Evil Lost to View? (University of Liverpool, 1994), Idolatry and Its Enemies: Extirpation and Colonial Andean Religion, 1640-1750 (Princeton UP, 1997, with a second edition in paperback now in press), two sourcebooks of translated primary texts and visual images, Colonial Spanish America ( Scholarly Resources, now Rowman & Littlefield, 1998) with William B. Taylor, and Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) with William B. Taylor and Sandra Lauderdale Graham, and two co-edited collections of essays, Kenneth Mills with Anthony Grafton, Conversion: Old Worlds and New (Rochester UP, 2003) and Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing (Rochester UP, 2003). He has published essays in a range of academic journals, including Past & Present and the Colonial Latin American Review.
Professor Mills has served on the Editorial Board of the New York-based Colonial Latin American Review since 1998.
Professor Mills has been Visiting Professor at the Centre de la Méditerrannée Moderne et Contemporaine at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France. His research fellowships include a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC, USA), two visiting fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI, USA) and a Visitorship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ, USA). For his own research and for numerous collaborations with others, Kenneth Mills has received major grant support, including from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation; and Co-investigator in a Major Collaborative Research Initiative on "The Hispanic Baroque”
Kenneth Mills tends a website and makes occasional posts at kennethmills.ca
What I'm Working On:
Kenneth Mills is writing a book about the transatlantic journey of a Castilian image-maker and alms-gatherer named Diego de Ocaña (c. 1570-1608).
Kenneth Mills' Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque, a multi-disciplinary, multi-author project coordinated with Evonne Levy will be published by the University of Texas Press in Spring 2013.
With art historian Ramón Mujica Pinilla, Kenneth Mills is co-editing Apocalipsis en el Nuevo Mundo: arte, profecía y mesianismo en Hispanoamérica (s. XVI-XVIII) / New World Revelations: Art, Prophecy and Messianism in the Early Modern Spanish World, the fruits of a meeting convened in Lima, Peru.