James Cordova
Associate Professor • Latin American Art (Pre-Columbian & Colonial Latin American) • Associate Chair of Art History
Art History

James M. Córdova is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he teaches courses in Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American topics as well as theories for art history. He is the author of The Art of Professing in Bourbon Mexico: Crowned-Nun Portraits and Reform in the Convent (2014) and his articles have appeared in multiple publications including The Art Bulletin, Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, Res: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, and Colonial Latin American Review.

B.A., New Mexico State University
M.A., Seton Hall University
M.A., Tulane University
Ph.D., Tulane University

Teaching, Research & Background:
I take a critical approach to art history and focus my teaching and research on cross-cultural interactions, alternative or multivalent ways of knowing and interpreting, the roles of gender and other power differentials in art production and consumption. My current research focuses on materiality and the roles of colonial religious images and objects in conquest narratives.

I received my Ph.D. from Tulane University (2006) and was a Fulbright fellow (2003-04) and Mellon Postdoctoral fellow in Latin American Art at Pomona College (2006-08) before coming to CU Boulder. I especially enjoy working with students who think critically, value complicating the ways in which we look at art, are open-minded to learning about unfamiliar subject matter and ways of knowing, and wish to employ interdisciplinarity in their own work.

Courses taught:

  • World Art
  • Foundations in Latin American Art
  • Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
  • Colonial Arts of Latin America
  • Aztec Art
  • Conquest & Colonialism in Latin American Art (graduate seminar)
  • Representation & Gender in the Americas (graduate seminar)
  • Theories for Art History (graduate seminar)