Michael Schreffler

Professor, 16th–17th Century Spain & Latin America; Associate Dean for the Arts

Michael Schreffler

Biography/Research Summary

Michael Schreffler’s research centers on the art and architecture of the transatlantic Spanish world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Cuzco: Incas, Spaniards, and the Making of a Colonial City (Yale University Press, 2020) and The Art of Allegiance: Visual Culture and Imperial Power in Baroque New Spain (Penn State Press, 2007). His work, which has also been published in journals such as The Art BulletinRenaissance Quarterly, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, examines the ways in which representation—in the form of visual images, architectural ornament, and descriptive texts—facilitated change in colonial Spanish America. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association; an NEH Long-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library; an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; a postdoctoral fellowship from the Getty Foundation; and a Fulbright Fellowship.


B.A., University of Virginia, Art History, 1989
M.A., Arizona State University, Art History, 1994
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Art History, 2000. Dissertation: “Art and Allegiance in Baroque New Spain.”


Office Address
421 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mailing Address
306 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556

ph: 574.631.6479
e: mschreff@nd.edu

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