Dr. Margarita R. Ochoa is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University. She's 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.
University of New Mexico: Ph.D., History 2011
University of New Mexico: M.A., History; Minor in Political Science 2002
University of California at Los Angeles: B.A., History 1998
Areas of Expertise (8)
Women and Gender
Race and Ethnicity
Early Modern Legal History
Latin American Revolutions
Social Justice and Equal Rights
- American Historical Association
- American Society for Ethnohistory
- Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies
- Conference on Latin American History
- Portuguese (strong oral and written fluency)
- Nahuatl (reading comprehension)
Media Appearances (1)
Interview with ESNE TV
ESNE TV tv
Live interview with ESNE TV to discuss the significance of Pope Francis' visit to Chile and Peru in January 2018.
- Workshop Leader
- Author Appearance
Early Latin America
History of the Americas, from the pre-Colombian era and European arrival through Spanish and Portuguese rule and Independence. Topics include: Aztec and Inka empires, Indigenous versions of conquest, 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, and displacement/migration of populations.
Women, Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
Women, Gender & Sexuality in colonial Latin America
Latin American Revolutions and Film
Advanced history course focused on the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cold War Latin America, and 20th-21st 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.
Illicit Relations in a Multi-Ethnic City: Emotions, Fidelity, and Economic Obligations in Colonial MexicoCourtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown: Approaches from the History of Emotion
Margarita R. Ochoa
This article explores marriage, adultery, and emotions in colonial Mexico.