Linda A. Curcio-Nagy

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Tulane University, 1993

Office: Mack Social Sciences, MSS 103 
Phone: (775) 784-4079

Dr. Curcio-Nagy began learning Spanish in the fourth grade and has been studying, traveling, working, and living in Latin America ever since that time.  She received her BA in International Affairs and Latin American Studies at George Washington University and studied in Spain and Colombia as part of her undergraduate training.  She holds a MA degree in Hispanic Literature for which she specialized in Latin American poetry and prose.  After a stint working at the International Monetary Fund, Dr. Curcio-Nagy headed to New Orleans to begin doctoral work at Tulane University’s prestigious Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.  While at Tulane, she directed the Center’s Summer in Mexico Program and its Latin American Curriculum Resource Center.

Dr. Curcio-Nagy’s research focuses on the cultural and religious history of colonial Mexico (particularly that of the 16th and 17th centuries).  She has published many articles as well as the award-winning Great Festivals of Colonial Mexico City:  Performing Power and Identity with the University of New Mexico Press in 2004 and, with William H. Beezley, Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction with Scholarly Resources in 2000.  Dr. Curcio-Nagy is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Grave Sins of Sensuality:  Solicitation in the Confessional in Colonial Mexico as well as a primary source reader that presents a selection of the Inquisition cases that serve as the basis for her latest research project.  With the publication of these books, she will begin a new project analyzing masculinity and magic during the 17th century.

Dr. Curcio-Nagy teaches a wide variety of courses on Latin America.  She was first runner-up for UNR’s Alan Bible Teaching Award and won the Edward Liewen Prize for Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in 2003.



  • HIST 227: Introduction to Latin American History and Culture I
  • HIST 228: Introduction to Latin American History and Culture II
  • HIST 300: Historical Research and Writing
  • HIST 320: Hispanic Culture in the United States
  • HIST 344: Andean Ethnogrophy
  • HIST 345: The History of Culture and Society in Brazil
  • HIST 347: History of Mexico
  • HIST 439/639 (Capstone): Religion and Society in Latin America
  • HIST 439a/639a: The Aztecs
  • HIST 439b/639b: Inquisition in European and Latin America
  • HIST 442/642 (Capstone): Women in Latin America
  • HIST 713: Seminar in Latin American History