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Karen S Cousins

Faculty Administrator | Director of Undergraduate Research and Affiliate Assistant Professor of History

Undergraduate Studies | Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Historical study and interpretations of society and culture in colonial Spanish America, the early modern Spanish and broader Atlantic worlds; early modern Christianities (especially evangelizations, religious change, and reformations); early modern empires; and the history of emotions

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (2018), History, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

- Dissertation title: "Miracles and Memory: The Virgin of Chiquinquirá and her People in the Seventeenth-Century New Kingdom of Granada"

- Dissertation committee: Professors Kenneth Mills (advisor), Natalie Zemon Davis, E. Natalie Rothman, Nicholas Terpstra, and William B. Taylor

 

Master of Arts (2011), History, University of North Florida

 

Bachelor of Arts (2009), History, summa cum laude, University of North Florida

Biography

I am a social and cultural historian of the early modern Spanish world with special research interests in how, over time, people have imagined, reimagined, and constructed ways to the sacred. Most recently, I have become interested in the history of emotions, particularly as categories of emotion or feeling, such as love, revealed by early modern people in miracle testimonies.

Awards

Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students (five years), University of Toronto

 

Doctoral Completion Award (2017-2018), Department of History, University of Toronto

 

Natalie Zemon Davis Graduate Fellowship (2016 to 2017), School of Graduate Studies

 

Residential Junior Fellowship (2012 to 2013), Non-residential Junior Fellowship (2013 to 2014), Massey College, University of Toronto

 

Maurice Cody Research Fellowship (2013 to 2014), School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

 

History Teaching Assistant Award (2012 to 2013), Department of History, University of Toronto. Awarded for excellence in teaching based on student nominations, faculty nominations, and course evaluations

 

Graduate Writing Prize (2010), Department of History, University of North Florida, “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia”

 

Neil Gray Paper Prize (2010), Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of North Florida, “Orthodox Objections to the New Prophecy: The Use of Discourse in the Establishment of Pastoral Power”

 

Research Grant (2009), National Order of Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, Jacksonville-St. Augustine Chapter

 

Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate (2009), Department of History, University of North Florida

 

Undergraduate Writing Prize (2009), Department of History, University of North Florida, “Jesus was a Guerrilla: The Development of Revolutionary Christianity in Nicaragua”

 

First prize, Creative Non-Fiction, University of North Florida Annual Writing Contest, “The Hawk and the Dove”

Affiliations

American Historical Association

Society for the History of Emotions

North American Chapter on the History of Emotion

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Eta Chapter

Publications & Presentations

“Shapes of love in the miracle testimonies of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, New Kingdom of Granada, 1587-1694,” Colonial Latin American Review 28:3 (2019): 396-423. DOI: 10.1080/10609164.2019.1655890

 

"Review of Costumbres en disputa: Los muiscas y el Imperio español en Ubaque, siglo XVI by Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez," Colonial Latin American Review, 26:2 (2017), 259-261.

 

Selected conferences and talks

 

North American Chapter on the History of Emotions (June 2020), George Mason University, Virginia (paper in progress)

 

Invited talk (2017), Summer Abroad program, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, “Three Passions: On the History and Culture of Spain”

 

American Historical Association 131st Annual Meeting (2017), Denver, Colorado, “Drinking Holy Water: Action and Materiality in the Sacred History of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá”

 

Invited talk (2015), Past to Present Seminar, Department of History/Phi Alpha Theta, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, “‘Our Lady of the New World’: The Virgin of Chiquinquirá and her People in Colonial Colombia”

 

American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting (2013), New Orleans, Louisiana, “Geneses of Devotion: The Miracle of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá and its Ecclesiastical Investigation, New Granada 1586-1588”

 

Annual Graduate Symposium (2011), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, “Muisca Tunjos and Spanish Informes: Reading Problematic Religious ‘Texts’ from Colonial Colombia”

 

Gulf South History and Humanities Conference (2010), Gulfport, Mississippi, “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia” -- This paper received the 2010 William F. Coker Award

 

Southwestern Historical Association (2010), Houston, Texas, “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia” -- This paper received the Phi Alpha Theta Ben H. Proctor Research Paper Award in Latin American History

Cousins
Contact Information

Building 0002, Room 1204

(904) 620-3942

karen.cousins@unf.edu


Office Hours

By appointment