Linda Curcio-Nagy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Linda Curcio-Nagy



Linda 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 B.A. 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 M.A. degree in Hispanic Literature for which she specialized in Latin American poetry and prose. After a stint working at the International Monetary Fund, 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. 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 on 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.

Curcio-Nagy is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Grave Sins of Sensuality in Colonial Mexico. A new project analyzing masculinity and magic during the 17th century is well under way. Curcio-Nagy teaches a wide variety of courses on ancient, colonial and modern Latin America. She won the University of Nevada Reno's Alan Bible Teaching Award and the Edward Liewen Prize for Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. She received the Tibbitts Teaching in Excellence Prize in 2015.


  • Latin America
  • cultural history
  • social history
  • Mexico

Courses Taught

  • HIST 228: Introduction to Latin American History and Culture II
  • HIST 344: Andean Ethnohistory
  • HIST 345: The History of 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


  • Ph.D., Tulane University, 1993