Lori Diel

Lori Boornazian Diel

Professor of Art History, Kay and Velma Kimbell Endowed Chair in Art History, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Moudy North 222

l.diel@tcu.edu | 817-257-6613

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Ph.D., Tulane University
BA, Emory University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Art History
American Indian Art: South America, Mesoamerica, and North America
Art of Mexico from 1500 to the Present
Inka and Their Predecessors: Ancient South American Art
The Aztec, the Maya, and the Olmec: Indian Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica
Maya Art and Architecture
Art Historical Methods
Art of the Aztecs
Gender in Mesoamerican Art
Methods and Issues in Art History

Areas of Focus

Art of the Ancient Americas (Mesoamerica and South America), Art of Mexico, Art of Latin America

The Codex Mexicanus: A Guide to Life in Sixteenth-Century New Spain. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018

“The Codex Mexicanus: Time, Religion, History, and Health in Sixteenth-Century New Spain.” The Americas vol. 73, no. 4 (2016): 427-458.

“The Codex Mexicanus Genealogy: Binding the Mexica Past and the Colonial Present.” Colonial Latin American Review vol. 24, no. 2 (2015): 120-146.

“The Mapa Quinatzin and Texcoco’s Ideal Subordinate Lords.” In Reconciling Portraits of Aztec-Texcoco, edited by Galen Brokaw and Jongsoo Lee, 117-145. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2014.

“Manuscrito del aperreamiento (Manuscript of the Dogging): A ‘Dogging’ and its Implications for Early Colonial Cholula.” Ethnohistory, vol. 58, no. 4 (2011):585-611.

“The Spectacle of Death in Early Colonial New Spain in the Manuscrito del aperreamiento.” In Death and Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World, edited by John Beusterien and Constance Cortez. Hispanic Issues On Line 7 (2010):144-163.

The Tira de Tepechpan: Negotiating Place under Aztec and Spanish Rule. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008.

“Till Death Do Us Part: Unconventional Marriages as Aztec Political Strategy.” Ancient Mesoamerica vol. 18, no. 2 (2007):259-272.


“The Codex Mexicanus and the History of Tenochtitlan: A City of God for the New World.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018.

“Divine Lineage: Linking the Mexica Royal Genealogy with the Sacred Past,” Divine Kingship: The Political Ideology of Pre-Columbian Rulers, Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC, September 2016

“The Codex Mexicanus Revisited.” Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT, May 2015.

“Tracing Medical Astrology in the Codex Mexicanus, from New Spain, to Spain, to Britain.” College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 2015.

“The Codex Mexicanus (c. 1580): Information Essential to Know in Colonial New Spain.”

Telling Stories: Discourse, Meaning, and Performance in Mesoamerican Things, Moses Mesoamerican Archive and the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 2014.

“Water and Its Symbolic Implications in the Codex Mexicanus.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, September 2013.

“Royal Aztec Women in the Codex Mexicanus Genealogy.” Latin American Studies Association International Congress, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.

“Family Ties and the Aztec Royal House: A Genealogy from the Codex Mexicanus.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2012.

“Family History and Identity in the Codex Mexicanus.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Ottawa, Canada, October 2010.

Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University, Washington, DC, 2016

College Art Association Association for Latin American Art American Society for Ethnohistory Latin American Studies Association

College Art Association, Porter Prize Jury, 2011-2014, chair 2013-2014

Dissertation Award Committee, Association for Latin American Art, 2010-2015 (chair 2013-2015)