Michael M Brescia
- Curator, Ethnohistory
- Professor, History
- Member of the Graduate Faculty
- Head, Research - Arizona State Museum
- Ph.D. History
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
- Southwest Center (2021 - Ongoing)
- Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies (2021 - Ongoing)
- James E. Rogers College of Law (2017 - Ongoing)
- Arizona State Museum (2016 - Ongoing)
- Department of History (2016 - Ongoing)
- Arizona State Museum (2009 - 2016)
- Department of History (2009 - 2016)
- Center for Latin American Studies (2005 - Ongoing)
- Al Merito Award
- Arizona Historical Society, Fall 2023
- Visiting Research Scholar and Professor
- Princeton University, Fall 2023
- Dan Shilling Humanities Public Scholar Award
- Arizona Humanities, Fall 2021
- Visiting Professor and Researcher
- El Colegio de San Luis, A.C., San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Fall 2019
- Visiting Research Fellow
- T.C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Fall 2019
- The 2018 Wayne N. Aspinall Chair in History
- Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado, Spring 2018
- The 2014 Jerome I. Braun Prize in Western Legal History
- Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, headquartered in Pasadena, California., Winter 2014
Mexico, Spanish and Mexican Borderlands, Comparative North America, World History
Colonial Mexico, paleography and translation, early modern print culture and libraries, Nineteenth-Century Mexico and the Borderlands, Southwest, living legacies of Spanish and Mexican natural resource law, water rights
Independent StudyHIST 699 (Fall 2022)
Intro Study of HistoryHIST 301 (Fall 2022)
Intro Study of HistoryHIST 301 (Fall 2021)
Nat Res & Law Sp Mx BorderHIST 442 (Fall 2020)
Nat Res & Law Sp Mx BorderHIST 542 (Fall 2020)
Compar History N AmericaHIST 150C5 (Fall 2018)
Independent StudyLAS 599 (Fall 2017)
Topics Lat American HistHIST 495G (Fall 2017)
Compar History N AmericaHIST 150C5 (Fall 2016)
- Brescia, M. M. (2022). "The Long View of Arizona History". The Smoke Signal, 110/111, 1-60.More infoGuest Editor of a Special Issue of The Smoke Signal, a publication of the Tucson Corral of the Westerners.
- Brescia, M. M. (2020). "Libraries at the Intersection of "Las Dos Majestades" in Colonial Mexico: The Biblioteca Palafoxiana as Emblem of Change and Continuity from Habsburg to Bourbon Rule.". Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, 45(1), 17-46.
- Brescia, M. M. (2020). “El régimen del derecho antiguo mexicano en Estados Unidos: El relato del billonario, los surfistas y el conflicto entre la propiedad privada y el acceso público a la playa.” (The Old Mexican Law Regimen in the United States: The Story of the Billionaire, Surfers, and the Conflict between Private Property and Public Beach Access). Themis: Órgano de Divulgación Jurídica, 2(12), 21-26.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015). The Spanish Element in Western Water Law: Views from Arizona. Western Legal History, 28(1), 81-121.
- Brescia, M. M. (2016). Natural Resources and the Law in Hispanic Arizona: The Babocomari Ranch and the Living Legacies of the Gadsden Purchase. Journal of the Southwest, 58(1), 29-52.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015). Agrarian Lifeways and Judicial Transitions for Hispanic Families in Anglo California: Sources for Legal History in the Autry National Center of the American West. California Legal History, 10, 387-405.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015). Bridging Troubled Waters: Historians, Natural Resources, and the Expert Witness Phenomenon. The Public Historian, 37(1), 11-24.More infoMy scholarly contribution as guest editor of a special issue of the journal on the theme of historian as expert witness.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015). Guest Editor of the Special Issue, "The Historian as Expert Witness". The Public Historian, 37(1).More infoI served as guest editor of a special issue of the journal, The Public Historian. The title of this special issue is "The Historian as Expert Witness."
- BRESCIA, M. M. (2007). The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. WILLIAM FIELD, executive director; ROBIN FARWELL GAVIN, chief curator; PATRICIA PRICE, curator of education; http://www.spanishcolonial.org/. The Public Historian. doi:10.1525/tph.2007.29.4.96
- Brescia, M. M., & Petras, J. (2000). The FARC Faces the Empire. Latin American Perspectives, 27(5), 134-142. doi:10.1177/0094582x0002700508
- Brescia, M. M. (2016, January). Teaching and Researching Mexican History in Light of the ASM Library & Archives. Annual Arizona Archives Summit. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Archives Alliance.More infoScholarly paper given at the annual Arizona Archives Summit on the panel "Users Talk Back: How Researchers Find and Use the ASM Library & Archives," organized by Mary Graham and Jannelle Weakly.
- Brescia, M. M. (2016, March). Careers in Museums for the Historian. UA History Graduate Student Association (HGA) Symposium. Tucson, Arizona: Department of History, University of Arizona.More infoPaper presented at the History Graduate Association Symposium on Careers in History.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015, July). "Water, Land, and Lawyers in Hispanic California: Natural Resources at the Intersection of Spanish Colonialism and American Rule.". Research Frontiers Symposium, Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles, California: Autry National Center of the American West.More infoscholarly presentation as part of my research fellowship
- Brescia, M. M. (2022. Cultura entre la muchedumbre y el rincón solitario: Hacia una aproximación integradora de lo efímero. (Culture between the Crowd and the Secluded Corner: Toward an Integrative Approach to the Ephemeral)(pp 12, no. 23: 5-8). San Luis Potosi, Mexico.More infoReview Essay
- Brescia, M. M. (2016. Book Review, Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico.More infobook review
- Brescia, M. M. (2023. "Collecting and Preserving Colonial Latin American Materials Today: A Roundtable.". The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. New York: The Bibliographical Society of America. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/724801More infoEnglish translation of a roundtable conducted in Spanish, edited by Alex Hidalgo and Corinna Zeltsman, and sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America.
- Brescia, M. M. (2021. New World's Rome: Mexico City in the Age of Sor Juana. Translation, published by UNAM San Antonio. San Antonio TX: UNAM San Antonio. https://www.amazon.com/NEW-WORLDS-ROME-Mexico-Juana/dp/B09LZX6W2Y/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Brescia+Michael+M.&qid=1637468648&sr=8-2More infoEnglish translation of Antonio Rubial Garcia's book on daily life in seventeenth-century Mexico City.
- Brescia, M. M. (2020. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera – A Retrospective View (2010-2020). Online museum exhibit. Tucson: Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona. https://statemuseum.arizona.edu/online-exhibit/many-mexicos
- Brescia, M. M. (2019. "Race and Social Class in Colonial Mexico". Sorting Out Race exhibit. Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Brescia, M. M. (2019. "The Castas Painting and Legacies of Race and Class in Mexico.". Exhibit. Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Brescia, M. M. (2019. Image of the Casta Painting with Description. Exhibit. Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Brescia, M. M. (2018. "De los montes y plantios (On the Woods and Fields)". Exhibit, Law and Continuity in Early Independent Mexico: Juan N. Rodriguez and the Pandectas hispano-megicanas.. Tucson: Special Collections, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.More infoSub-Text panel for a single case exhibit (2'4" x 4'10" x 4'8").
- Brescia, M. M. (2018. "Juan N. Rodriguez de San Miguel and the Pandectas hispano-megicanas.". Exhibit, Law and Continuity in Early Independent Mexico. Tucson: Special Collections, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.More infoText panel for a single case exhibit (2'4" x 4'10" x 4'8") with two objects examining continuity in Mexican law after independence from Spain via a rare book in the law library's special collections.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015. Lead Curator, Intimacy of Faith: Devotional Retablos and Ex-Votos from Mexico.. Museum Exhibit. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona State Museum.More infoLead curator of the exhibit; responsible for conceptual framework of the exhibit; responsible for 25% of intellectual content; responsible for editing and revising 100% of content. Post-installation peer review appeared in the following venues:1) Yolanda Chavez Leyva, 2015, The Public Historian 37(4): 149-153.2) Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly, 2015, online access available at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/faith-and-folklore/Content?oid=5068396.3) Emily Umberger, 2016, Visual Anthropology Review 32(1): 94-96.
- Brescia, M. M. (2019, June). Final Report to AHRAB for Learning to Dig Project.
- Brescia, M. M. (2018, June). Final Report to AHRAB for the Polzer Papers Project.
- Brescia, M. M. (2016, December). The Black Death and Later Plague Epidemics in the Nordic Countries. De Gruyter Publishers.More infoI am the Language Editor of this book written by Ole Jorgen Benedictow and published by De Gruyter Publishers, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. I edited the 400-page manuscript, which was written in English by a non-native English speaking scholar. The book is an ethnohistorical assessment of disease and demography in the Nordic Countries in light of the devastation caused by the plague or Black Death.
- Brescia, M. M. (2015, April). Text panel, Baroque Catholicism in Mexico, for the Intimacy of Faith Exhibit. Arizona State Museum.More infoAuthor of the text panel, Baroque Catholicism in Mexico, for the Intimacy of Faith exhibit at ASM.