Antonio Barrera

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Antonio Barrera

Associate Professor of History

BA, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia 1989; MA (1992), PhD (1999), University of California, Davis

Early modern Spanish history, early modern European history, history of science, Atlantic world history

History of science: 16th-century science in Spain and America (natural history, medicine, explorations, navigation, cosmography)

Experiencing Nature: The Spanish American Empire and the Early Scientific Revolution (University of Texas Press, 2006).

Some reviews of my book:


  • Gimmel, Millie. in Early Science & Medicine; 2008, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p. 208-209
  • Hill, Ruth. Hispanic American Historical Review, Feb. 2008, Vol. 88, Issue 1, p. 121-122
  • Canizares-Esguerra, Jorge. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Summer 2007, Vol. 38, Issue 1, p. 159-161
  • Stephenson, Marcia. Technology & Culture, July 2007, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p. 622-624
  • Glick, Thomas F. American Historical Review, June 2007, Vol. 112 Issue 3, p. 815-816
  • Hoffman, Abraham. Journal of the West, Summer 2006, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p. 110-110
  • Ana Barahona, History and Philosophy of Life Sciences, 29 (2007), 257-258
  • Ruth Hill, Hispanic American Historical Review, February, 88 (2008), 121-122
  • Donald Cutter, New Mexico Historical Review, 83 (2008), 138-139
  • Guy Lazure, Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXVIII (2007), 1216-1218
  • Brescia, Michael. The Journal of Arizona History, Winter 2007, p. 405-406


Articles and reviews:

  • "Empiricism in the Spanish Atlantic World" in Science and Empire in the Atlantic World. Edited by James Delbourgo and Nicholas Dew (Routledge, November 2007)
  • "Nature and Experience in the New World: Spain and England in the Making of the New Science," in Beyond the Black Legend: Spain and the Scientific Revolution / Mas all de la Leyenda Negra: Espaa y la Revolucion Cientifica. Ed. Victor Navarro Brotons and William Eamon (Instituto de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentacin Lopez Piñero, Universitat de Valencia-CSIC., 2007)
  • "Reports and Descriptions for Spanish and Portuguese America," and "Scientific Inquiry, Central and South America," in Oxford Companion to World Exploration, ed. David Buisseret (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • "Empire and Knowledge: Reporting from the New World" in Colonial Latin American Review 15 (2006): 39-54
  • "Local Herbs, Global Medicines: Commerce, Knowledge, and Commodities in Spanish America," in Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe, eds. Pamela Smith and Paula Findlen (New York: Routledge, 2001)
  • "Spanish Imperial Politics and the Control of Transatlantic Resources or the Formation of Early Modern Science." Working Paper No. 97-01 of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800. Harvard University
  • (Book Review) Simon Varey et all, eds. Searching the Secrets of Nature (Stanford, 2000) and Simon Varey, ed. The Mexican Treasury (Stanford, 2000) for the Journal of the History of Medicine, 58 (2003): 470-472.

Other writings

  • "My Sketchbook" in the Colgate Scene
  • Navigational Manual of Martin Cortes in Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe (Folger Library/Summer 2001 NEH Institute)

Invited presentations:

  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • Brown University. Providence, RI
  • Hill Center for World Studies/Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine, London (2)
  • Universidad Complutense, Madrid
  • Instituto de Estudios Altoaragoneses, Huesca, Madrid
  • Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Clark Library, CA
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA

Review Manuscripts for Chicago University Press
Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos

  • John Carter Brown Library, Mellon Post-Doctoral
  • John Carter Brown Library, Fellowship Center for New World Comparative Studies, Providence, RI
  • Huntington Library, W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship for Young Scholars, San Marino, CA
  • Colgate University Research Grants
  • Fulbright Grant

American Historical Association (AHA), Latin American Studies Association (LASO), History of Science Society (HSS)