Associate Professor


Fields of Study: Latin America, Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Van Valen is a historian of Latin America and indigenous peoples who teaches classes in these fields as well as in Atlantic and World history. His research centers on ethnohistory and cultural contact in Bolivia and New Mexico. He is the author of Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932 (Arizona, 2013), which won the American Society for Ethnohistory’s Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award, as well as several articles. His current project is a history of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico during the period of Mexican rule.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., History, Montclair State University, 1988
  • M.A., Latin American History, University of South Carolina, 1995
  • Ph.D., Latin American History, University of New Mexico, 2003