Professor in the Department of History
The relationships between gender, sexuality, and colonialism have intrigued me since I began my first book on Maya sexuality. I recently completed a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Nahua societies--The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011); I am currently co-editing with Neil Whitehead a volume on “ethnopornography,” the relationship between the colonial and ethnographic gaze and sexuality throughout the world; and engaging in research on the position of the hyper-masculinized Aztec warrior in early modern literature from Europe and the Americas. I have moved from studying sexual desires in indigenous communities to examining the early modern cultural processes that created global concepts of modern sexuality, gender, masculinity, and femininity.
Sigal, P. "Review of The Origins of Mexican Catholicism: Nahua Rituals and Christian Sacraments in Sixteenth-Century Mexico. By Osvaldo F. Pardo (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004)." Colonial Latin American Review 16 (June 2007). (Review)
Sigal, P. "Sexual Encounters/Sexual Collisions: Alternative Sexualities in Colonial Mesoamerica." Ed. P Sigal and J Chuchiak. Ethnohistory 54 (January 2007). (Journal volume)
Sigal, P. "Queer Nahuatl: Sahagun's faggots and sodomites, lesbians and hermaphrodites." ETHNOHISTORY 54.1 (2007): 9-34. Full Text
Sigal, P. "The Origins of Mexican Catholicism: Nahua Rituals and Christian Sacraments in Sixteenth-Century Mexico." COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN REVIEW 16.1 (2007): 127-129.
Sigal, P. "Review of False Mystics: Deviant Orthodoxy in Colonial Mexico. by Nora E. Jaffary (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2004)." American Historical Review 111 (February 2006). (Review)
Sigal, P. "False mystics: Deviant orthodoxy in Colonial Mexico." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 111.1 (February 2006): 239-240. Full Text
Sigal, P. "The Cuiloni, the Patlache, and the abominable sin: Homosexualities in early colonial nahua society." HAHR-HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 85.4 (November 2005): 555-593. Full Text
Sigal, P. "Review of The Famous 41: Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, c. 1901. by Robert McKee Irwin, Eward J. McCaughan, and Michaelle Rocio Nasser, eds. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)." American Historical Review 109 (2004). (Review)
Sigal, P. "Review of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America, special issue of Hispanic American Historical Review." Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe 14 (2003). (Review)
Sigal, P. "Gender, male homosexuality, and power in colonial Yucatan." LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES 29.2 (March 2002): 24-40. Full Text Open Access Copy