Michael M. Brescia

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Head of Research & Associate Curator of Ethnohistory, Arizona State Museum


(520) 621-4895


Arizona State Museum 221N


Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of Arizona, 2002

Research Interests: 

  • Colonial Mexico
  • Spanish Civil law of Property
  • Spanish and Mexican water rights
  • Mexican Catholicism
  • Far Northern frontier of New Spain
  • Comparative North America
  • Paleography and translation

Courses Taught: 

  • ANTH/GEOG/AIS/LAS/ARL 418/518 Southwest Land and Society
  • HIST 495G Topics in Latin American History: Spanish and Mexican Borderlands
  • HIST 396A The Nature and Practice of History
  • INDV 103 (Comparative History of North America)
  • INDV 103 (World History Since 1500)


  • Spanish and Mexican Water Rights in the Southwest
  • Translation of a cultural history of seventeenth century Mexico.