Ralph Bauer has been with the University of Maryland since 1998. He specializes in the literatures and cultures of the early Americas, comparative literature, critical science studies, as well as hemispheric American and early modern Atlantic studies. He is the general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and his publications include The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures (Cambridge UP, 2003 and 2008); An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru: by Titu Cusi Yupanqui (U of Coloardo P, 2005); Locations of Culture: Identity, Home, Theory (Michigan SUP, 1998); (with Jose Antonio Mazzotti) Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: empires, texts, identities (UNCP, 2009); (with Kimberly Coles, Carla Peterson, and Zita Nunes), The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900 (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015); and (with Marcy Norton) Entangled Trajectories: integrating Native and Early Modern European studies. A special issue of Colonial Latin American Review v. 26 (2017). He is currently completing a monograph entitled The Alchemy of Conquest: science, religion, and the secrets of the New World and a collection of essays (with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo) entitled Translating Nature: transcultural histories of early modern science (under contract with U of Pennsylvania Press). Also, he has published ca. seventy articles, review essays, and book reviews in collections and journals such as Early American Literature, Colonial Latin American Review, American Literary History, American Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Dieciocho: the Hispanic Enlightenment, The Americas, and Comparative Literature.
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1997
-The Alchemy of Conquest: Prophecy, Discovery, and the Secrets of the New World (in progress).
-(with Marcy Norton) Entangled Trajectories: integrating Native and Early Modern European studies. A special issue of Colonial Latin American Review v. 26.1 (March 2017).
-Early Americas Digital Archive
2016: Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award, The Graduate School, University of Maryland
2015: Faculty Service Award, the Graduate English Organization
2014: Faculty Service Award, the Graduate English Organization
2010/11: John Carter Brown Library, National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Fellow
2009-present: Fellow, American Antiquarian Society.
2005: Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Publication Prize for An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru.
2004: Finalist for 2003 MLA Best First Book Award
2003: NEH Grant for summer institute
2002: Fellow in residence at the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
2000: Summer Research Award; General Research Board, University of Maryland.
1998 John Carter Brown Library, short-term fellowship.
1996 Richard Beale Davis Prize for the best essay published in 1995 in Early American Literature.