University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Derek Burdette

Derek BurdetteDerek Burdette

Assistant Professor

Lawrence Hall 219 
Phone: 541-346-5236

Curriculum Vitae


Derek Burdette completed his PhD in Art History and Latin American Studies from Tulane University in 2012.  Before joining the University of Oregon, Burdette served as visiting faculty at Pennsylvania State University (2013-2014) and Swarthmore College (2014-2016), where he taught courses on the art history and history of Latin America, as well as the relationship between art and imperialism in the early-modern world.

His current book project, Miraculous Celebrity: The History of Wonder-Working Images in Baroque Mexico City, examines the role that miraculous imagery played in Mexico City during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  The book demonstrates the importance of miraculous imagery in the life of the colonial capital by analyzing ritual processions held in moments of crisis, the circulation of printed and painted copies of powerful images, and the politics of patronage underpinning local cults.  An article exploring the tensions surrounding the materiality of sacred images, entitled  “Divinity and Decay: The Narrative of Miraculous Renovation and the Repair of Sacred Images in Colonial Mexico,” will be published later this year by Colonial Latin American Review. 

Selected Courses Taught

ARH 199

ARH 399

ARH 399

ARH 399

ARH 399

ARH 399

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|507

ARH 4|510

ARH 607

Latin American Arts

Arts of the Ancient Americas

Arts of Colonial Latin America

Spanish Golden Age Art

Aztec Art

Mexican Manuscripts

The Art of Empire: Inca, Aztec, Spanish

Art and the Colonization of Mexico

The Connected Globe: Art and Politics in the Age of Exploration

Art, Colonialism and Decolonization

Art and Ritual