1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Allison Bigelow

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche'



New Cabell Hall 433

Office Hours:

Spring Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm and by appt


  • PhD, English, UNC

  • MA, English, UNC

  • BA, Spanish, UMD

  • BA, English, UMD


 Colonial literatures of the Americas, colonial science, translation, indigenous literacies


Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas (committed to the University of North Carolina Press/Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)

Recent Publications:

“Women, Men, and the Legal Languages of Mining in the Colonial Andes.” Ethnohistory 63.2 (2016): 351-380. doi 10.1215/00141801-3455347.

“Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Extractive Economies: The Science of Colonial Silver.” Journal of Extractive Industries and Society 3.1 (2016): 117-123. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2015.11.001.

“Conchos, colores y castas de metales: El lenguaje de la ciencia colonial en la región andina.” Umbrales (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia) 27 (2016): 15-47.

“Gendered Language and the Science of Colonial Silk.” Early American Literature 49.2 (Summer 2014): 271-325. doi: 10.1353/eal.2014.0024

“Mining the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas.” The Appendix 2.1 (2014). http://theappendix.net/issues/2014/1/mining-the-languages-of-empire-in-the-early-americas

“Lost in Translation: Knowledge Transfers and Cultural Divergences in Early Modern Spanish and English Silver Treatises.” Moneta, ed. Georges Depeyerot, Catherine Brégianni, and Marina Kovalchuk (Wetteren, Belgium: Agence Nationale de la Recherche-Dépréciation de l’Argent Monétaire et Relations Intérnationales, 2013): 237-260.

“La técnica de la colaboración: redes científicas e intercambios culturales de la minería y metalurgía colonial altoperuana.” Anuario de estudios bolivianos 18 (2012): 53-77.

Selected Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Award, University of Virginia, Summer 2016 Huntington Library Summer Fellowship (NEH/OIEAHC), Pasadena, CA, Summer 2016 Faculty Summer Stipend for Research in the Humanities, University of Virginia, Summer 2015 Pablo J. Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching/Mentoring of Latin@ Students, UVa, Spring 2015 Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Scholar, Latin American and Iberian Institute, Albuquerque, Jan. 2013 Dibner Fellow in the History of Science, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, Summer 2012 Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, Spring 2010 FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Study), Yucatec Maya, US Dept. of State, Summer 2009 & 2011

Student Collaborations:

Guest editor, Early Americas Digital Archive. 10 digital critical editions of texts transcribed, translated, and annotated by undergraduate and graduate students at UVa and William & Mary. http://eada.lib.umd.edu/eada_entry/guest-editors/

"Recreating the Archive." Faculty-led undergraduate research project sponsored by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. http://globalinquiry.virginia.edu/fgru-awarded-projects


Department Faculty

Andrew Anderson
Professor of Spanish
Allison  Bigelow
Assistant Professor of Spanish; Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche'
Eli Carter
Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Enrico Cesaretti
Associate Professor of Italian
E. Michael Gerli
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
David T. Gies
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
María-Inés Lagos
Professor of Spanish
Anne Garland Mahler
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Fernando Operé
Professor of Spanish
Ricardo Padrón
Associate Professor of Spanish
Deborah Parker
Professor of Italian
Gustavo Pellón
Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Randolph  Pope
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
Joel Rini
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Charlotte Rogers
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Emily Scida
Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Spanish (1010-2020 courses)
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Adrienne Ward
Associate Professor of Italian
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish