Carlos Diego Arenas Pacheco

Carlos Diego Arenas Pacheco


B.A. in Philosophy, La Salle University (Mexico City), 2012, summa cum laude; M.A. in Humanities, Focus on Moral and Political Philosophy, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City), 2016, University Medal

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Iberian colonialism in the late middle ages; liberal arts education for natives in 16th-century Mexico and Peru; Latin American indigenous languages (Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, Quechua); 16th-century art in Mexico and Peru


My main field of interest involves: 1) the indigenous views of "conquest" and acculturation in 16th-century Mexico; 2) how both late medieval Iberian experiences of colonialism and pre-Columbian indigenous cultures helped shape the cultural landscape of early colonial Latin America; and 3) the way in which the educational endeavors of Franciscans, which included not only the teaching of the Catholic faith but also the introduction of a liberal studies program, were combined with the highly-developed educational traditions of the native cultures. As a precious step to my dissertation project, I am currently working on a TEI XML edition of Diego de Valadés's Rhetorica Christiana (1579), sponsored by both the Medieval Institute and the Cologne Center for eHumanities.

A secondary field of interest is Scotism.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • 2018 - Research at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (Medieval Institute Travel Grant) 
  • 2018 - "The sotocoro paintings in Tecamachalco, State of Puebla, Mexico (1562): an iconological reexamination" (upcoming publication) 
  • 2018 - "Clavis potestatis et clavis scientiae: Duns Scotus’s Account of Human Authority (Ordinatio IV d. 19)", 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI 
  • 2018-2019 - Member of the American Cusanus Society 
  • 2018-2019 - Member of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy