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Bean, Ryan A., Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Bean, Ryan A., Ph.D.




History, Harrison Hall, Room 229
Greencastle, IN


Assistant Professor of History


Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 2017

M.A. in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2010

B.A. in History, Hendrix College, May 2007

- With Honors, Summa Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa 

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Colonial and Modern Latin America

History of Native Peoples

Empire, Law, and Politics 

Urban History

History of Frontiers

Women and Gender


Early Modern Spain and Portugal

Atlantic World

About Me: 

Ryan Bean's research specializes in the history of native peoples, empire, and cities in colonial Peru, but at DePauw, he teaches a wide array of courses on the Iberian world and the colonial and modern histories of Latin America. In addition to teaching in the History Department, Ryan also teaches classes in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS). His research and teaching focus on histories from below, particularly the ways in which everyday people--native peoples, women, Africans, and castas--shaped the local and global structures that constituted their worlds. Ryan is currently working on a book manuscript titled Frontier's Conquest: Native Andeans, Ritual Specialists, and the Making of Urban Peru, 1535-1700

Recent Courses:

HIST 115A: Colonial Latin America

HIST 116A: Modern Latin America

HIST 197: Myth and Conquest: Spain and the Americas

HIST 200A: Holiday in Latin America: A History of Tourism and Travel

HIST 290A: Saints, Sinners, and Revolutionaries in Latin America

HIST 300A: Indigenous Worlds in Latin America

HIST 300B: From Imperial Towns to Megacities: Urban History in Latin America

HIST 300B: Law and (Dis)Order in Latin America

LACS 100A: Introduction to Latin American Studies 

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