Nathalie Miraval is a sixth year PhD Candidate. She studies Afro-Catholic expressive cultures of the early modern Spanish empire. Her dissertation investigates the expressive cultures generated by Afro-descendant women living in New Spain (Mexico), Spain, and the Canary Islands. Her work has been supported by the Casa de Velázquez (Madrid), the Renaissance Society of America, the Huntington Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and a U.S. Fulbright to Mexico.
Prior to Yale, Nathalie served as Public Programming and Outreach Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC, where she designed and implemented the institution’s first educational programs. In 2014, she earned her BA in History of Art and Architecture with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights from Harvard. In New Haven, she was a co-founder of the son jarocho group Son Sin Fronteras.