Caterina Luigia Pizzigoni

Caterina Luigia Pizzigoni

Associate Professor

321 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-8709
Office Hours: Thursday 2:45-4:45pm


Ph.D. — King's College, London, UK, 2002
M.A. — University of London, 1998
B.A. — Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, 1996

Interests and Research

Caterina Pizzigoni specializes in the colonial history of Latin America. Her interests include indigenous populations and the study of sources in Nahuatl (indigenous language of central Mexico), social history, household and material culture, religion and gender. Prof. Pizzigoni's interview with New Book Network on her book The Life Within can be found here. Her current research focuses on household saints in colonial Mexico.


  • Undergraduate

    • Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
    • Latin American Civilization I
    • The Nahua World
    • Indigenous Worlds in Early Latin America
    • Gender and Sexualities in Early Latin America
    • Contemporary Western Civilizations II
    • Senior Thesis Seminar


    • Historiography of Colonial Latin America
    • Comparative Topics in Religious History: Medieval Europe and Early Latin America
    • Introduction to Historical Interpretation and Methods (8910)
    • Introduction to Historical Methodology in Latin American History


  • Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, Fellowship, 2013–2014
  • General Studies Student Council Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012–2013
  • Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, 2012–2013
  • Columbia Mentoring Initiative Award, 2008
  • Research Fellow in History, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK, 2004–2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, 2002–2004

Selected Publications

In Progress

Special Dwellers: Saints and People in the Mexican Household, 1600–1800 (book manuscript)


“In the Church and at Home – Approaches to Saints in Colonial Mexico” (forthcoming article).

“El hogar y el individuo: los indígenas a través de sus testamentos en nahuatl.” In La representación del indio en crónicas y manuscritos, Berenice Bravo Rubio and Clementina Batcock, eds. Mexico, DF: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (forthcoming article).


The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley, 1650-1800. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012.

Testaments of Toluca. Stanford University Press, 2007.

Journal Articles

A Language Across Space, Time, and Ethnicity.” Commentary to special issue of Ethnohistory, A Language of Empire, A Quotidian Tongue: The Uses of Nahuatl in New Spain 59, 4 (2012): 785–90.

"Late Nahuatl Testaments from the Toluca Valley: Indigenous-Language Ethnohistory in the Mexican Independence Period." With Miriam Melton-Villanueva, Ethnohistory 55, 3 (2008): 361–91.

"Region and Subregion in Central Mexican Ethnohistory: The Toluca Valley, 1650–1760." Colonial Latin American Review 16, 1 (2007): 71–92.

"Alternative Sex and Gender in Early Latin America." Commentary to special issue of Ethnohistory, Sexual Encounters/Sexual Collisions: Alternative Sexualities 54, 1 (2007): 187–94.

"Amid Idealisation and Practice: Archbishops, Local Clergy, and Nahuas in the Toluca Valley, 1712–1765." Swedish Missiological Themes 91, 2 (2003): 249–73.

Book Chapters

“Ver ‘desde adentro’. Apuntes de investigación sobre testamentos en náhuatl, 1650–1780.” In Códices y documentos de tradición indígena del Estado de México, Xavier Noguez and Raymundo Martínez, eds. Toluca: El Colegio Mexiquense (forthcoming 2016).

“Where Did All the Angels Go? An Interpretation of the Nahua Supernatural World.” In Angels, Demons and the New World, Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 126–45.

“Sources for Indigenous Women and Men in the Valley of Toluca, Eighteenth Century.” In Sources and Methods for the Study of Postconquest Mesoamerican Ethnohistory, James Lockhart, Lisa Sousa, and Stephanie Wood, eds.

"El espacio compartido. Relaciones familiares en el hogar indígena, Valle de Toluca, siglo XVIII." In Tradiciones y conflictos. Historias de la vida cotidiana en México e Hispanoamérica, Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru and Mila Bazant, eds. Mexico, DF: El Colegio de México, 2007, 145–60.

"'Como frágil y miserable': las mujeres nahuas del Valle de Toluca." In Historia de la vida cotidiana en México, vol. 3, El siglo XVIII: entre tradición y cambio, Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru, ed. Mexico, DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005, 501–30.

"'Para que le sirva de castigo y al pueblo de exemplo'. El pecado de poligamia y la mujer indígena en el Valle de Toluca (siglo XVIII)." In Las mujeres en la construcción de las sociedades iberoamericanas, Berta Ares Queija and Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru, eds. Seville and Mexico, DF: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, El Colegio de México, 2004, 193–217.



  • Member of Advisory Panel, Endangered Archives Programmes of the British Library, 2015–
  • Editorial board, Ethnohistory, 2014–
  • American Society of Ethnohistory
  • American Historical Association
  • Conference on Latin Amerian History - AHA
  • Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies