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Margarita R. Ochoa - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Margarita R. Ochoa Margarita R. Ochoa

Associate Professor of History | Loyola Marymount University


Department of History, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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Dr. Margarita R. Ochoa is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University (margarita.ochoa@lmu.edu). She is a specialist in Latin American history and society. Her research examines questions of identity (gender, race, and Indigeneity), structures of power, and law and legal culture in colonial and early-national Mexico. She is co-editor of Cacicas: The Female Indigenous Leaders of Spanish America, 1492-1825 (Univ of Oklahoma press, 2021) and City Indians in Spain's American Empire (Sussex, 2012). She has also published several articles and is completing a book manuscript on Indigenous families and society in 18th-19th centuries Mexico City. At LMU, Dr. Ochoa teaches courses in colonial and modern Latin American topics.

Education (3)

University of New Mexico: Ph.D., History 2011

University of New Mexico: M.A., History; Minor in Political Science

University of California at Los Angeles: B.A., History


Areas of Expertise (8)

Latin America


Women and Gender


Race and Ethnicity

Early Modern Legal History

Latin American Revolutions

Social Justice and Equal Rights

Affiliations (4)

  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies
  • Conference on Latin American History

Languages (4)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (strong oral and written fluency)
  • Nahuatl (reading comprehension)

Media Appearances (1)

Interview with ESNE TV



Live interview with ESNE TV to discuss the significance of Pope Francis' visit to Chile and Peru in January 2018.

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Courses (7)

Early Latin America

History of the Americas, from the zenith of Aztec influence to the dawn of Latin American independence. Topics include: Aztec and Inka empires, Indigenous language histories, race relations, women and gender, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, African diaspora, Asian trade, silver mining, Catholic Church, missions, Indigenous communities and uprisings, and Independence.

Modern Latin America

History of the Americas, from Independence to the present. Topics include: Independence, slavery and abolition, nation-building, US-Latin American relations, liberalism and modernization, neoliberalism and free trade, Indigenous communities, race relations, women and gender, Cold War, state tyranny and civil wars, the pink tide, organized crime and drug cartels, impunity, and displacement/migration of populations.

Women in Colonial Latin America

Women in Colonial Latin America

Latin American Revolutions in Film

Advanced history course focused on the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cold War Latin America, and twentieth and twenty-first century films.

History of Race and Gender

First Year Seminar for incoming students to LMU focused on the history of race and gender in colonial Latin America.

The Mexican Inquisition

Advanced history seminar on the Holy Office of the Inquisition in colonial Mexico. The course includes a Reacting to the Past learning component.

Social Justice in Latin America

Advanced history seminar that examines contemporary Latin American problems and identifies and debates just solutions to those problems.

Articles (1)

Illicit Relations in a Multi-Ethnic City: Emotions, Fidelity, and Economic Obligations in Colonial Mexico

Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown: Approaches from the History of Emotion

Margarita R. Ochoa

This article explores marriage, adultery, and emotions in colonial Mexico.

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