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Kris E. Lane
Department Chair
Hebert 209


B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, History & Latin American Studies, 1991
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, History, 1996


Kris Lane is the France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History. He specializes in the colonial history of the Andes, mining, piracy, and global trade.

Kris Lane (Creston, BC, Canada, 1967) took his B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991 and his Ph.D in History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1996. While at Colorado, Lane worked with Robert J. Ferry and Davíd Carrasco, writing an honors thesis on landholding and mining in 18th-century Jalisco, Mexico. At Minnesota, Lane worked under the direction of Stuart B. Schwartz, writing a dissertation on the history of gold mining in colonial Ecuador and southern Colombia.

Lane spent a year as visiting assistant professor at the University of Miami, Coral Gables (1996-97), after which he taught for fourteen years at the College of William & Mary in Virginia (1997-2011). In 2011, Lane joined the History Department at Tulane as France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History.

Lane has published articles on piracy, witchcraft, corruption, and other dubious practices in the colonial era. His current project is a comprehensive history of the great Potosí mint fraud of 1649 and its global implications. Lane is General Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Colonial Latin American Review (Taylor & Francis, Oxford UK) and he edits the Diálogos series for the University of New Mexico Press. With Matthew Restall he also edits the Cambridge Latin American Studies series for Cambridge University Press.


Selected Publications

Potosí: Treasury of the World. University of California Press, 2019

World in the Making: A History of the World's Peoples. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019
(textbook co-authored with Bonnie Smith, Marc van de Mieroop, and Richard Von Glahn)

Latin America in Colonial Times, 2d ed. Cambridge University Press, 2018
(textbook co-authored with Matthew Restall)

Pillaging the Empire: Global Piracy on the High Seas, 2d ed. Routledge, 2015

Defending the Conquest: Bernardo de Vargas Machuca’s Apologetic Discourses
(an annotated translation of this 1612 work, with translator Timothy F. Johnson) University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2010

Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires. Yale University Press, 2010

The Indian Militia and Description of the Indies, by Bernardo de Vargas Machuca
(an annotated translation of this 1599 book, with translator Timothy F. Johnson) Durham: Duke University Press, 2008

Quito 1599: City & Colony in Transition. University of New Mexico Press, 2002