David Carrasco

 David Carrasco

Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Rudenstine Professor, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

B.A., Western Maryland College,
M.A., University of Chicago,
Th.M., University of Chicago,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Davíd Carrasco is a historian of religions specializing in hermeneutics in the study of religion, Mesoamerican cities and religions, and the Mexican-American borderlands. He is director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, which was founded at the University of Colorado, where he taught from 1977 to 1993. He then moved to Princeton University, where he taught from 1993 to 2001, when he came to Harvard. His work has been focused on the symbolic nature of cities in comparative perspective, utilizing his 20 years of research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan. This has resulted in publications on ritual violence and sacred space; the Great Aztec Temple, the myth of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent; and the history of religions in Mesoamerica. Recent collaborative publications include Breaking Through Mexico’s Past: Digging the Aztecs With Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (2007) and Cave, City, and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 (2007; gold winner of the 2008 PubWest Book Design Award in the academic book/nontrade category). His work has included a special emphasis on the religious dimensions of Latino experience: mestizaje, the myth of Aztlan, transculturation, and La Virgen de Guadalupe. He is co-producer of the film Alambrista: The Director’s Cut, which puts a human face on the life and struggles of undocumented Mexican farm workers in the United States, and he edited Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants (University of New Mexico Press). He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. His most recent publication is a new abridgement of Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s memoir of the conquest of Mexico, History of the Conquest of New Spain (University of New Mexico Press). Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.

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