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, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City), 2016; Master of Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2019

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Liberal arts education for Nahuas in 16th-century Mexico; Indigenous intellectuals; influences and translations of Greco-Latin classics in Nahuatl and East Asian literatures; Mexican Indochristian art


My dissertation project, titled "Aztec Humanists: Nahuatl Literature, Indochristian Art, and the Education of Indigenous Intellectuals in Early Mexico (1521-1631)", directed by W. Martin Bloomer, plans to explore the specific pedagogical practices (influenced by Humanism) employed by Franciscans and adopted by Nahua intellectuals to teach noble indigenous boys and girls in 16th-century Mexico. By combining archival, literary, and art historical research, my project aims at bringing the reader into a classroom for Nahua boys and girls and out into the world of Nahuatl literary and artistic production, where the influence of the Greco-Latin classics is yet to be explored. In addition, I am also interested in similar phenomena of culture contact in other parts of the early modern world, particularly in Japan and China.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Article: "In tlahtoani Emperador: Nahua rulers, divine kingship, and the king of Spain in early Mexico (1521-1611)", in Jörg Tellkamp, ed., Quellen und Methoden zur Erforschung der Philosophie Neuspaniens (Winter Verlag, in press).
  • Spanish-English translator (five chapters), in Jörg Tellkamp, ed., A Companion to Early Modern Spanish Imperial Political and Social Thought (Brill, 2020).
  • Article: "Esopo, Isoho (伊曽保), Esuobo (阨鎖伯): Nahuatl, Japanese, and Chinese translations of Aesop’s Fables and Issues of Authorship in World Literature" (forthcoming).
  • The John Carter Brown Library short-term fellowship (February–March 2021)
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame (November 2019)