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
Latin American Arts
Arts of the Ancient Americas
Arts of Colonial Latin America
Spanish Golden Age Art
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