Nathalie Miraval

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Early Modern Afro-Latin America

Nathalie Miraval is a fourth year PhD Candidate. She studies Afro-Catholic spiritual and expressive cultures of the early modern Spanish empire. Her dissertation centers on the spiritual lives of African and African-descendant women in New Spain (Mexico) and their reverence for Saint Martha to interrogate the complex relationships between images, race, gender, monstrosity, and spirituality that arose in New Spain. In 2014, she earned her BA in History of Art and Architecture with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights from Harvard, where her senior thesis examined Indigenous interrogations of Catholic sacred spaces in Mexico, with a focus on the open chapel in Actopan, Hidalgo. 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 New Haven, she was a co-founder of the son jarocho group Son Sin Fronteras.