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Kris Lane (born April 7, 1967) is a CanadianAmerican Fulbright scholar, researcher, professor, and author. His areas of academic teaching and research focus on colonial Latin American history. He has written and edited several books and articles on slavery, witchcraft, headhunting, mining, human trafficking, and piracy in the Andes Mountains of South America. He is the Frances V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] He previously taught Latin American History at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.[3] He is the General Editor of the Colonial Latin American Review and a member of the Board of Editors of the Hispanic American Historical Review.

Kris Lane
Born(1967-04-07)April 7, 1967
ResidenceNew Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder
University of Minnesota
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship (2015)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsColonial Latin American history
InstitutionsTulane University
College of William and Mary
ThesisMining the margins: precious metals extraction and forced labor regimes in the Audiencia of Quito, 1534-1821 (1996)


Early lifeEdit

Kris Eugene Lane was born on April 7, 1967, in Creston, British Columbia, Canada. He is the son of Rustin and Grace (née Fletcher) Lane. He was raised in Colorado, Texas, and British Columbia, Canada, with his older brother, Kenneth. Lane is married to Pamela (née Johnson) and they have one daughter. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor's degree in History and Latin American Studies. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D in History from the University of Minnesota.[2]



In 1997, Lane joined the teaching staff of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he taught history. During his employment, he was honored as one of the school's inaugural recipients of the Joseph Plumeri Award, which recognizes the university's faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and community service.[4] He has also served as a visiting professor at the National University of Colombia and the University of Leiden.

Writing and editingEdit

Lane has traveled extensively in South and Central America and has written, edited, and collaborated in presenting his research on piracy, slavery, gold mining, headhunting, and witchcraft in colonial Ecuador and Colombia. As of 2010, he serves as the General Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Colonial Latin American Review. He also edited Bernardo de Vargas Machuca's books Indian Militia and Description of the Indies and Defense and Discourse of the Western Conquests, following their translations from Spanish. Published in Madrid, the two works were training manuals for conquistadors, written in 1599 by de Vargas Machuca as an extension of his military service in Italy and South America.

Honors and awardsEdit

  • 2005: Fulbright Lecture/Research Fellowship[5]
  • 2005: Edwin Lieuwen Memorial Prize for Teaching, awarded by the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies[3]
  • 2009: Joseph Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence[4]

Boards and membershipsEdit

  • 2006–2008: President of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI)[6]

Published worksEdit

Books (sole author)
  • Lane, Kris E. (1998). Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750 (published in Britain under the title Blood and Silver), ME Sharpe, 237 pages. ISBN 978-0765602565
  • Lane, Kris (2010). Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires, Yale University Press, 320 pages ISBN 978-0300161311
  • Lane, Kris (2002). Quito 1599: City and Colony in Transition, University of New Mexico Press, 312 pages. ISBN 978-0826323569
Books (co-writer)
  • Lane, Kris; and Matthew Restall (2011). Latin America in Colonial Times, Cambridge University Press, 320 pages. ISBN 978-0521761185
  • Lane, Kris; Smith, Bonnie G.; Van De Mieroop; and Richard von Glahn (2012). Crossroads and Cultures, Volume II: Since 1300: A History of the World's Peoples, Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 672 pages. ISBN 978-0312442149


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  2. ^ a b "All News : History : University of Minnesota". 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  3. ^ a b "Kris Lane // Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies at Tulane University". Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  4. ^ a b "William & Mary - Plumeri Award Impact: Kris Lane". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  5. ^ "William & Mary - Recent Fulbright Scholar Awards". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  6. ^ "FEEGI Leadership Past and Present". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.

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