Dr. John F. Chuchiak



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhDLatin American Studies/Latin American History, 2000, Tulane University
  • MALatin American Studies/Latin American History, 1994, Tulane University
  • BAHistory/Chemistry, Cum Laude, 1992, Virginia Polytechnic and State University


Undergraduate courses

  • Freshman Honors Seminar
  • First Year Foundations
  • World History to 1600
  • US History to 1877
  • Writing II: Historical Inquiry
  • Latin American Civilization
  • History of Pre-Columbian México
  • History of the Inquisition in Spain & Spanish America
  • History of Piracy in the Americas
  • Senior Seminar: Comparative Colonialism - European Empires in the Americas, 1492-1800

Graduate courses

  • Mexico from Colony to Nation
  • History of Piracy in the Americas
  • History of the Inquisition
  • Historiography and Historical Method
  • Graduate Proseminar: Mesoamerican Ethnohistory
  • Graduate Proseminar: Conquest & Colonization in Latin America
  • Graduate Seminar: The Inquisition in Spain & Spanish America
  • Readings: Classical Nahuatl
  • Readings: Spanish Colonial Paleography
  • Readings: Classical Yucatec Maya

Research and professional interests

Dr. John F. Chuchiak is a specialist on colonial Latin American history with a research emphasis on the history of Mexico and Maya ethnohistory.  He teaches a variety of history courses, ranging from introductory courses on Western and world civilizations, upper level undergraduate courses on Latin American civilization and pre-Columbian cultures, and graduate courses on the history of Mexico, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, and the history of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World.

Dr. Chuchiak's general research focuses on the history of the colonial church in México with a special emphasis on the Franciscan Missions, the Inquisition and the Catholic Church in colonial Yucatán.  His most recent publications have examined the contact and colonial transformation of the indigenous cultures of México, most notably the Maya of Yucatan.  He is especially interested in researching the realms of Christian mission history, religion, ethnic conflict, gender and social change in the wider Atlantic world.

Awards and honors

  • University Foundation Award for Research, Missouri State University. 2010.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) Commendation for Excellent Service on the Organization and Implementation of Hispanic Heritage Month. 2008.
  • Rich & Doris Young Honors College Endowed Professorship,Missouri State University. 2007.
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs Service Award, Missouri State University. 2005.
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs Grant Writing Award, Missouri State University. 2005.
  • University Faculty Summer Fellowship Award, Missouri State University. 2005.

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