Kristin Dutcher Mann, a faculty member since 2003, is a specialist in the history of Colonial Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and holds a Ph.D from Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. She is a former high school history and geography teacher, and she serves as the coordinator for the department’s secondary social studies education program.
As part of her work with social studies teachers, both pre-professional and professional, she serves as educational specialist for the “Liberty” Teaching American History grant project in conjunction with the Little Rock School District. Dr. Mann has also worked on educational materials and professional development for educators related to the Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas project since 2003. She serves on the board of the Arkansas Council for the Social Studies and is the coordinator of the Arkansas District 7 National History Day competition.
Dr. Mann’s current research interests include Colonial Latin American borderlands; music, religion and identity, mission music and dance, Mifflin W. Gibbs, as well as Arkansas and Mexico.
“Musical Cultures of the Ibero-American Borderlands,” Oxford Handbook of the Ibero-American Borderlands, ed. Danna Levin Rojo and Cynthia Radding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
“The Latin American Musical Tradition,” Oxford Bibliographies Online. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199766581/obo-9780199766581-0179.xml, October 2015.
“Cycles of Celebration: High Holy Days in the Franciscan Missions of Northern New Spain,” From La Florida to La California: Franciscan Evangelization in the American Borderlands, ed. Timothy J. Johnson and Gert Melville. Berkeley: Academy of American Franciscan History, 2013.
The Power of Song: Music and Dance in the Mission Communities of Northern New Spain, 1590-1810. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.
“Christmas Celebrations in the Missions of Northern New Spain,” The Americas 66:3 (January 2010).
“Opus Dei – Jesuit and Franciscan Music in Mexico,” Religion in New Spain, eds. Susan Schroeder and Stafford Poole, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.