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Kathleen M. Kole de Peralta

Kathleen M. Kole de Peralta

Assistant Professor - Colonial Latin America; Early Modern Spain; History of Environmental Health

Office: LA 331



Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Notre Dame, 2015
M.A., Latin American History, University of Notre Dame, 2012
M.A., American History, University of North Florida, 2009
B.A., History, University of North Florida, 2007
B.A., Spanish, University of North Florida, 2007


Dr. Kole de Peralta is a historian who integrates the history of medicine and environment on early-modern Iberia and Peru to 1) capture the intrinsic, and historical relationship between environment and health in urban areas, and demonstrate the evolution of health as a fluid, changing concept depending on the social and cultural context within which it was produced and 2) to use the digital humanities to make open-access projects for the early-modern period that are accessible to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences.


Humanities Intensive Teaching and Learning Institute Grant, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
Teaching Innovation Grant, Idaho State University, 2017
Idaho Humanities Council Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016-2017   
Diversity Resource Center Mini Grant, Idaho State University, 2016 
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2010-2014
Newberry Library Renaissance Center Graduate Student Consortium Stipend, 2010                     
American Museum of Natural History Research Grant, 2007

Publication Highlights

"'Bad Air' and Colonial Latin American History: Smellscapes in Lima, Peru, 1535-1614," Hispanic American Historical Review 99:1 (forthcoming).


Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597. Coauthored with J. Michael Francis. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

"Building the City of Kings: Environmental Consciousness and the Construction of Colonial Lima, Peru, 1535-1625," in Peru: Political, Social and Environmental Issues. Karla Santiago, ed. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2017: 1-24.

"Public Health and Municipal Water Policies in Colonial Lima, Peru, 1535–1635," Journal of Water History 8:2 (2016): 115-136.

Pedagogical Training

Idaho State University, eISU and Quality Matters Level 1 Certification, 2018
University of Mary Washington, Digital Pedagogy Lab, 2017
University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Intensive Teaching and Learning Institute, 2017

Courses Taught

HIST 1101 Foundations of Europe
HIST 1120 Themes in Global History
HIST 2251 Latin American History and Culture
HIST 2258 Native American History
HIST 4430/5530 Global Environmental History
HIST 4450 Spain in the Early Modern World
HIST 4454 Foodways in Latin America
HIST 4477 Public Health in Latin America
HIST 6610 History in the Digital Age


​Guest blog post "Dying to Heal: Women and Syphilis in Colonial Lima, Peru," Nursing Clio website.