Ana María Díaz Burgos.
  • Assistant Professor of Early Modern Iberian Studies


  • BA, Universidad de Los Andes, 2004
  • MA, Emory University, 2009
  • PhD, Emory University, 2011


My area of specialization in Trans-Atlantic early modern literature, visual culture, and gender studies. My research focuses on the tensions between institutional practices and female behavior in Spain and the Spanish Americas in a period spanning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

My current book project analyzes the intersections between mobility, space, and female agency in the inquisitorial trials for sorcery in the first auto de fe held in Cartagena de Indias in 1614. Through a close analysis of inquisitorial records, the manuscript examines how women complied with Catholic orthodoxy while remaining faithful to pre-existing practices that the newly established Holy Office labeled as deviant and heretical.

I teach courses on Early Modern literature and culture, Trans-Atlantic women’s literary and cultural history, Inquisition, and Spanish language and culture.

  • “Hacerse digno de buena muerte”: Devoción y arrepentimiento femeninos en la Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí 1700-1720.  Dieciocho 39.1 (Spring 2016)
  • “A Cartography of Sorcery: Mapping the First Auto de Fe in Cartagena de Indias, 1614,” Colonial Latin American Historical Review 1:3 (Summer 2013)


  • Ana María Díaz Burgos Gives Talk and Reviews Publication

    July 29, 2020

    Ana María Díaz Burgos, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies, gave a virtual public talk on the Inquisition in Cartagena de Indias as part of the Clases Abiertas Series (translated to "Open Classes") at the Universidad de los Andes, located in Colombia. She also reviewed the publication “No se hace pueblo sin ellas:” Mujeres españolas en el virreinato del Perú: Emigración y movilidad social (siglos XVI–XVII) by Amelia Almorza Hidalgo for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

  • Ana María Díaz Burgos Publishes Scholarly Monograph

    July 1, 2020

    Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana María Díaz Burgos published the scholarly monograph Tráfico de saberes: Agencia femenina, hechicería e Inquisición en Cartagena de Indias (1610-1614) (translated to: Trafficking Knowledges: Female Agency, Sorcery and Inquisition in Cartagena de Indias (1610-1614)). Through a deep engagement with archival materials, the book reconstructs and studies the life of doña Lorenzana de Acereto, a woman from Cartagena's creole elite who was persecuted for sorcery in the Inquisition's first "auto de fe" in the 17th century Caribbean.

  • Ana María Díaz Burgos Publishes

    November 28, 2019

    Ana María Díaz Burgos, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies, published "Tras la conjuración de brujería en Cartagena de Indias (1634-1636): Retractaciones, espacios carcelarios y tortura" in the Spanish journal Edad de Oro. The article studies how women persecuted by the Inquisition used carcereal spaces to carry out a 1634 conspiracy that threatened the institution’s legitimacy in the port-city of Cartagena de Indias.