My research and teaching focuses on the creation and development of multi-ethnic societies in Mexico and Central America. I am particularly interested in the lived experience of the urban poor: how they grappled – socially, economically, and culturally – with their unfavorable position in the colonial hierarchy.

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R. Douglas Cope received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987; he taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Miami before arriving at Brown in 1988. He offers courses on colonial Latin America, the early modern Atlantic world, Mexico, and Guatemala. His book, The Limits of Racial Domination: Plebeian Society in Colonial Mexico City, 1660-1720, received honorable mention for the Herbert E. Bolton Prize for the best book in Latin American Studies. He is currently at work on a book about the informal economy of eighteenth-century Mexico City.

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