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Allyson M. Poska is Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  A specialist in early modern Spain, colonial Latin America, and early modern women’s history, I’ve taught at Mary Washington for 23 years. I am the author of four books, including Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia (Oxford, 2005), winner of the 2006 Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in early modern history or theology.  My new book, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (New Mexico, 2016), is a gendered examination of the Spanish attempt to colonize Patagonia in the 1780s. My  research has been funded by a variety of grants including, the National Endowment for the Humanities (2000) and an ACLS/NEH/SSRC International and Area Studies Fellowship (2007). I have been a research fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (2004) and the John Carter Brown Library (2011). I am the first CAS recipient of a UMW Waple professorship.

I have served as a member of the executive council of the Sixteenth Century Society http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/  the executive board of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies http://asphs.net/ and as President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women http://ssemw.org/.

Since 1999, I have been the coeditor of a book series entitled, “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World”  WGMW  

now with University of Nebraska Press. 












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