Derek Burdette completed his PhD in Art History and Latin American Studies from Tulane University in 2012. Before joining the University of Oregon, Burdette served as visiting faculty at Pennsylvania State University (2013-2014) and Swarthmore College (2014-2016), where he taught courses on the art history and history of Latin America, as well as the relationship between art and imperialism in the early-modern world. His current book project, Miraculous Celebrity: The History of Wonder-Working Images in Baroque Mexico City, examines the role that miraculous imagery played in Mexico City during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book demonstrates the importance of miraculous imagery in the life of the colonial capital by analyzing ritual processions held in moments of crisis, the circulation of printed and painted copies of powerful images, and the politics of patronage underpinning local cults.
“Divinity and Decay: The Narrative of Miraculous Renovation and the Repair of Sacred Images in Colonial Mexico,” Colonial Latin American Review 25, no. 3 (2016): 351-370.
“Reparations for Christ Our Lord: Devotional Literature, Penitential Rituals, and Sacred Imagery in Colonial Mexico City,” in Sensuous Suffering: Pain in the Early Modern Visual Art of Europe and the Americas, edited by Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham (Brill, Forthcoming).
Selected Courses Taught
ARH 199 Latin American Arts
ARH 399 Arts of the Ancient Americas
ARH 399 Arts of Colonial Latin America
ARH 399 Spanish Golden Age Art
ARH 399 Aztec Art
ARH 399 Mexican Manuscripts
ARH 4|507 The Connected Globe: Art, Politics and Exploration
ARH 4|510 The Art of Empire: Inca, Aztec, Spanish
ARH 4|510 Art and the Colonization of Mexico
ARH 4|510 Art, Colonialism and Decolonization
ARH 607 Art and Ritual