Board of Directors

Juan Fernando Cobo Betancourt

Juan is assistant professor of Latin American History at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is an historian of early-modern Latin America, and took his B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on questions of religion, colonialism, race, and language in the New Kingdom of Granada, in an effort to refocus the study of these questions in a broader, global context. His experiences working in different archives, libraries, and institutions around Colombia motivated him to help them preserve their holdings and make them available to everyone.

Natalie Cobo

Natalie is D.Phil student at the University of Oxford, working on the influence of classical knowledge and ethnographies on the Jesuit missions in the Philippines in the early modern period. She has a B.A. and an M.Phil. in Classics from the University of Cambridge. At the same time, she is translating Juan de Solórzano y Pereira’s De Gubernatione from Latin into English and Spanish, as part of the Translating Solórzano project of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main. 

Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez

Santiago has an undergraduate and masters degree in History from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and is a doctoral candidate in History at Yale University. He is interested in learning about the interaction between European empires and indigenous groups in Latin America, and his research seeks to understand the dynamics of power between the indigenous population of northern South America and the early Spanish Empire. He is also fascinated by the history of maps and efforts to produce knowledge about nature in the New World. 


Area Management

Maria José Afanador Llach

Maria José is the Foundation’s Director of Collaborative Cataloguing. She is a political scientist and historian from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and holds a masters degree and a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin. She investigates the intersections between political economy, territory, and knowledge in eighteenth century New Granada, during the collapse of the Spanish monarchy and the early republican era. Recently, she has begun to explore the potential of the digital humanities for the visualisation and dissemination of historical knowledge. She is also interested in ways of connecting historical research to diverse audiences.

María Alejandra Quintero

María Alejandra is the Foundation’s Administrative Director. She has a B.A in history from the Universidad Autónoma de Colombia, and has worked in regional and national cultural heritage management projects. 


Digitisation Team

Raúl Fernando Arroyave Cerón

Raúl is in charge of Neogranadina’s digitisation project at the Archivo Central del Cauca, in Popayán. 

Student Interns (previous semesters)

Alejandra Tisnes

Alejandra is a student in the department of History at Universidad de los Andes. She was an intern in the Foundation from August to December 2016.

Mayumi Fuse

Mayumi is a student in the department of History at Universidad de los Andes. She was an intern in the Foundation from January to June 2016.

Jorge Camargo Hernández

Jorge is a student in the department of History at Universidad Javeriana. He was an intern in the Foundation from January to June 2016.

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