Margaret Chowning


Sonne Chair in Latin American History

Having completed Catholic Women and Mexican Politics, which will be published by Princeton University Press in January 2023, I have begun a new project tentatively entitled "Gender and the Liberal City in Nineteenth-Century Mexico."  It will examine both the impact of liberal politics and the absorption (or not) of liberal culture in Morelia, Mexico City, and Guadalajara.

Research Interests

Latin America

  • Mexico
  • Late colonial and nineteenth century
  • Women
  • Gender
  • Church
  • Social
  • Economic

Books and Recent Articles

Catholic Women and Mexican Politics, 1750-1940.  Princeton University Press, 2023.

Rebellious Nuns: The Troubled History of a Mexican Convent, 1752-1863. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Wealth and Power in Provincial Mexico: Michoacan from the Late Colony to the Revolution. Stanford University Press, 1999.

"Talking Back: Nuns, Beatas, and Colegialas Invoke Rights and Constitutional Principles in Late Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Mexico," Colonial Latin American Review, March 2020.

“Culture Wars in the Trenches?  Public Schools and Catholic Education in Mexico, 1867-1897,” Hispanic American Historical Review, November 2017.  

"The Catholic Church and the Ladies of the Vela Perpetua:  Gender and Devotional Change in Nineteenth-Century Mexico," in Past & Present, Nov. 2013.  


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