Professor, 16th–17th Century Spain & Latin America
Associate Dean for the Arts, College of Arts and Letters
Area: Art History
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Art and architecture of Spain and Latin America (1500-1800), Visual Culture, Art and Language, Historiography
Michael Schreffler is a scholar of Spanish colonial art and architectural history. His research studies the ways in which objects, images and architectural forms communicated ideas and facilitated governance in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He explores these themes in the geographic context of the Spanish monarchy's two American jurisdictions: the kingdom (or viceroyalty) of Peru, which comprised most of Andean South America, and that of New Spain, which extended northward from Panama into the southwestern USA and also included the Philippine Islands.