Mónica Cerda is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. She holds a B.A. in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an M.A. in Art History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
For the last few years she has studied the early works of Bartolomé de Las Casas, paying close attention to his political praxis and the impact it had on colonial order and jurisdiction in Latin America. More recently she has analyzed the role pearls and pearl fisheries play in the historical account of Las Casas.