Pamela Voekel

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of History and LALACS

  • Founding Faculty, Freedom University Georgia

  • Co-Founder, Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas

  • Faculty Fellow, Dartmouth Consortium for the Study of Race, Migration, and Sexuality (RMS)

Professor Pamela Voekel has won awards for her scholarship, her undergraduate and graduate teaching, and her efforts in collaboration with underserved students targeted by anti-migrant policies. Her second book, For God and Liberty: Catholicism and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1780-1861, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and draws on research conducted in forty archives in six languages and ten countries. She is also the author of Alone Before God: The Religious Origins of Modernity in Mexico, which won the Thomas McGann Memorial Prize, and of multiple articles and book chapters on the intersections of religion and politics in Mexico; popular religion in Latin America; and theory and methods in transnational history. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Harvard Divinity School, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. She is the co-founder and five-time conference director of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, a week-long, tri-lingual seminar held annually in Mexico since 2003, and a co-founder of Freedom University Georgia, now in its second decade of providing rigorous college-level courses for the undocumented students banned from Georgia’s top research universities.  She also co-founded the Patrona Collective for Colonial Latin American Scholarship, in honor of the late Professor Maria Elena Martinez, to gather and fund graduate students in the field for archival research with senior scholars. She teaches courses on the history of colonial and modern Latin America; capitalism in the Americas; the political life of religion in Latin America; and racial and gender configurations in empire building and decolonization.


409 Carson Hall
HB 6107


  • Ph. D. University of Texas
  • M.A. University of Texas
  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College

Speaking Engagements

  • Duke University Department of History 2019

  • Princeton University Department of Religion 2019

  • MIT Media Lab 2017

  • University of Notre Dame Department of History 2015

  • University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanties 2015

Selected Works