Bradley Benton

Associate Professor

PhD 2012, UCLA

Telephone: 701-231-6301

422L Minard Hall

Areas of Research Interest:  Colonial Mexico; Nahua (Aztec) politics, society, and culture; the early modern Atlantic world; cross-cultural contact and exchange.



  • Benton, Bradley. The Lords of Tetzcoco: The Transformation of Indigenous Rule in Postconquest Central Mexico. Cambridge Latin American Studies 104. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.


  • Brian, Amber, Bradley Benton, Peter B. Villella, and Pablo García Loaeza, eds. and trans. Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Fernando de. History of the Chichimeca Nation: Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century Chronicle of Ancient Mexico. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.
  • Brian, Amber, Bradley Benton, and Pablo García Loaeza, eds. and trans. The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Account of the Conquest of New Spain, Latin American Originals 10. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Benton, Bradley. "The Wandering Children of Mexico: Sixteenth-Century Colegios for Mestizos." Ethnohistory (in press).
  • Benton, Bradley. “The Cacicas of Teotihuacan: Early Colonial Female Power and Wealth.” In The Cacicas of Spanish America, 1492-1825, edited by Margarita R. Ochoa and Sara Guengerich (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).
  • Benton, Bradley. “El provecho de la alianza: Efectos a largo plazo de la participación tetzcocana en la conquista.” In Nuevos asedios a la conquista de México, edited by Pablo García Loaeza and Héctor Costilla Martínez. Lima: Centro de Estudios Literarios Antonio Cornejo Polar, 2021.
  • Villella, Peter B., and Bradley Benton. “Mesoamerican Ethnohistory.” In Handbook of Latin American Studies, Volume 74 (University of Texas Press, 2020).
  • Benton, Bradley. “Beyond the Burned Stake: The Rule of Don Antonio Pimentel Tlahuitoltzin in the City of Tetzcoco, 1540-1545.” In Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives, edited by Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2014.
  • “The Outsider: Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Tenuous Ties to the City of Tetzcoco.” Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 1 (2014): 37-52.
Forthcoming and In Progress:
  • Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Fernando de. Historia de la nación chichimeca [ca. 1615]. Transcribed and edited by Pablo García Loaeza, Amber Brian, Bradley Benton, and Peter B. Villella. Cien de México. Mexico City: Secretaríade Cultura [formerly CONACULTA], forthcoming.
Professional service:

Committee Chair, Murdo Macleod Book Prize, Southern Historical Association, Latin American & Caribbean Section, 2021.
Board of Editors, Ethnohistory Journal (Published by Duke University Press), 2018-2020.
Committee Chair, Robert F. Heizer Article Award, American Society for Ethnohistory, 2019.

    Honors and Fellowships:

    Outstanding Research Award, NDSU College of AHSS, 2015
    National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant (2014-2017)
    Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Univ. of Iowa, Interdisciplinary Research Grant (2013)
    Fulbright Commission Fellowship to Spain (2007-2008)
    Mellon Institute in Spanish Paleography
    FLAS Fellow
    Phi Beta Kappa

    Courses Taught:

    Introduction to Latin American History
    Colonial Mexico
    Modern Mexico
    The Aztec, Maya, & Inca
    Slavery in the Atlantic World
    Imperial Spain
    Historical Research & Writing
    World History to 1500



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