Andrew Laird

Director of the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities
Professor of Classics
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Research Interests

Renaissance Latin humanism and history of scholarship
education and intellectual history in colonial Spanish America
humanist learning and Nahua ethnohistory in post-conquest Mexico

Biography

Andrew Laird came to Brown in 2016 from Warwick University in the U.K., where he was Professor of Classical Literature. At Brown University, Laird holds appointments at the Cogut Institute as well as the Departments of Classics and Hispanic Studies. His research interests extend beyond ancient Greece and Rome to the European Renaissance and colonial Latin America, with a focus on the role of humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century Mexico. His publications include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford University Press, 1999), Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Epic of America (Bloomsbury, 2006), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Brill, 2014) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford University Press, 2015).