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Megan McDonie

Megan McDonie

Graduate Student

108 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. M.A., Penn State University, 2015
  2. B.A., Susquehanna University, 2013


I am a doctoral candidate in Latin American history with minor fields in early modern European and medieval Iberian history, along with Latin American Studies. My research interests include colonial Latin America, ethnohistory, history of science, environmental history, and indigenous languages. My dissertation project, currently titled “Explosive Encounters: Volcanic Landscapes, Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Exchange in Colonial Mesoamerica,” focuses on volcanoes as sites of cultural and intellectual exchange among Nahuas in central Mexico, Kaqchikel Maya in highland Guatemala, and Spanish priests, conquistadors, and naturalists.


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2017)

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2017)

CLIR-Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources (2017)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Science, Technology, and Society Program, National Science Foundation (2017)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Kaqchikel Maya, Tulane University (2017)