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Katie Ligmond

Theories of empire and the ways in which ethnic minorities maintained their identity under periods of colonization localized in Indigenous and Spanish empires in the Andes.
Research Interests: 

Colonization, empire, Indigenous culture, material culture, textiles, religion, gender, Catholicism, the Americas, the Andes, Mesoamerica, archaeology, visual culture, anthropology, Marian imagery

Selected Publications: 

“BOXED IN: The Connection Between Wari Mortuary Complexes and Inka Textiles.” SEQUITUR 7, no. 1 (January 14, 2021).

Selected Presentations: 

"Woman Inherits the Earth: Mexica Origins and Pre-Hispanic Mexican Religion" presented in HAVC 191B: The Virgin of Guadalupe: Images and Symbolism in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, University of California, Santa Cruz, August 2020

"A Grid of Control: A Comparison of Andean Empires" presented at the Art History Graduate Student Symposium at Rutgers University, April 2020

"Dressed for Success: Wari Textiles as Emblems of Power" guest lecture for HAVC 160B: Indigenous Americas Before 1550: The Andes, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 2019

"Deliberate Confusion: Abstraction as Iconoclasm" presented at the Annual Symposium for Latin American Art through the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art in Manhattan, New York, April 2019

"Cracking the Code: Andean Textiles as Markers for Indigenous Identity" presented at the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization Conference at Tulane University, February 2019 


Honors and Awards: 

Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant, Research Center for the Americas, 2020

Archaeological Research Center Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2019

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2017

High Honors, Department of Art History, University of California, Berkeley, 2016



Education and Training: 
BA University of California, Berkeley