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Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998

M.A., Stanford University, 1989

B.A. (with honors), Stanford University, 1988



Dr. Althouse works on race, caste, and identity in the Pátzcuaro region of Mexico during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  His current research projects, both pertaining to Pátzcuaro, investigate the relationship between colonial criminal administration and caste identity, and informal urban credit networks.


Publication Highlights

“Drunkenness and Interpersonal Violence in Colonial Michoacán,” in Gretchen Pierce and Aurea Toxqui, Alcohol in Latin America: A Social and Cultural History (University of Arizona Press, 2014).

“Gregoria López:  A Mexican Mulata Exerts her Sexual Freedom (1680s),” in Beatriz G. Mamigonian and Karen Racine, eds., The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic (Rowman Littlefield, 2010).

“Writing by Caste, Counting the Past:  Alphabetic Literacy and Age Consciousness in the Colonial Pátzcuaro Region, 1680-1750” The Americas (January 2009). 

“Contested Mestizos, Alleged Mulattos:  Racial Identity and Caste Hierarchy in Eighteenth Century Pátzcuaro,” The Americas (October 2005).