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Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas

Courtesy Assistant Professor of History of Art and Ethnic Studies


210 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Early Modern Art and Architecture of Latin America
  • Ancient Indigenous Arts of the Americas
  • Contemporary Latinx Art
  • Central American Studies


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2022
  • M.A., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
  • B.A., Art History/Religious Studies and English, University of California, Riverside, 2010

Carlos Rivas researches and teaches Latin American and U.S. Latinx art history with emphases on the Early Modern period, ancient indigenous arts, and contemporary Central American diasporic artists and poets. Currently, his book project explores the history of cartography and landscape in Mesoamerica with a focus on early modern visualizations of the Central American isthmus. Methodologically, Rivas explores decoloniality and critical indigenous futurities as frameworks for advancing innovative methodologies by which to study the past and unpack its relationship to the present day. Other interests include the use of ancient and colonial Latin American iconography in contemporary artistic expressions.

Rivas received his Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2019-20 IUPLR Fellowship (Inter-University Program in Latino Studies).