Nathalie Miraval is a fifth year PhD Candidate. She studies Afro-Catholic expressive cultures of the early modern Spanish empire. Her dissertation centers on the spiritual lives of African and African-descendant women living in New Spain (Mexico), Spain, and the Canary Islands and addresses questions related to objecthood, magic, race, monstrosity, and gender. Her work has been supported by the Casa de Velázquez (Madrid), the Renaissance Society of America Samuel H. Kress Research Fellowship, the Huntington Library Travel Grant, and the MMUF Research and Travel Grant.
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.