Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Micaela Wiehe

Micaela Wiehe

108 Weaver Building University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-1367


BA International Relations, Missouri State University, Summa Cum Laude
BS Modern Spanish Language, Missouri State University, Summa Cum Laude
MA History, Missouri State University


I am a History PhD candidate at Penn State University studying Latin American History. My research focuses on 17th and 18th century urban life in the Yucatan peninsula with a particular focus on marriage, family, and the Yucatec Maya language. Previously, I’ve worked on a wide range of topics including Spanish legal history, Indigenous legal intermediaries, and the prosecution of sexual deviancy. This research culminated in my master’s thesis in which I analyzed over eight hundred General Indian Court cases to trace the evolution of Spanish legislation in response to active legislation on the part of Mesoamericans. My current research shifts southward with hopes of recreating the diverse human-urban geography of the city of Merida through a biographical lens. Currently, I work under the supervision of Professor Matthew Restall.

Awards and Services:

2022-2023 History Graduate Student Association President
2022  Latin American Studies Research and Travel Award, The Pennsylvania State University