Patricia Lopes Don

Associate Professor

University of California at Davis, 2000.

San Jose State University, 1994.

San Jose State University, 1974.

Office: DMH 217
Phone: 408-924-5526

Areas of Interest

Early Modern Social & Cultural European History.
Colonial Latin America History.
Colonial Mexico History.
History of Inquisition.



  • Bonfires of Culture: Franciscans, Indigenous Leaders and inquisition in Early Mexico, 1524-1540.  Univeristy of Oklahoma Press, 2010.
  • "The 1539 Inquisition and Trail of Don Carlos of Texcoco in Early Mexico, "Hispanic American Historical Review, November 2008
  • "Franciscans, Indian Sorcerers and Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1543," Journal of World History, March 2006.
  • Latin America History Consultant for Concise History of the World: An Illustrated Timeline (National Geographic Society, 2005).
  • "Teaching Gender in World History: Nineteenth Century Latin American Women," publication in the Bulletin of World History, Spring 2004.
  • "Establishing History as a Teaching Field," The History Teacher, August 2003.
  • "The Politics of Spectacle: Royal Festivals in the Spanish Habsburg Court, 1528-1649" (dissertation, 2000).
  • "El progreso real y el dialogo periferico: La entrada a Lisboa de 1619 en al Viage de la Catholica Real Magestad de Joao Baptista Lavanha" Relaciones (1998).
  • "Carnivals, Triumphs and Rain Gods in the New World: A Civic Festival in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, 1539": Colonial Latin American Review (1997).

Selected Achievements

  • CEO and Founder of the education startup Globalyceum, website published January 2013.
  • Author of "Inventing America: Creating the Teacher/Scholar Community in the Santa Clara Valley," A United States Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, awarded to the partnership of the History Department, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Silicon Valley History Online, awarded one million dollars, June 2006.
  • Keynote address to the annual conference of the Santa Clara County Council for Social Studies, San José, January 2006.
  • Fellow, Comparative New World History Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Fall 2004.
  • Fellow, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, August 2004.
  • Fellow, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, 2002-2003 and 1996-1997.
  • Fellow, University of California Humanities Fellowship, 1996-1997.
  • Fellow, Reed-Smith Fellowship, 1996-1997.
  • Scholar, Eugene Cota Robles Scholarship, University of California, Davis, 1993-1995.
  • Burmahlin Scholar, History Department, San José State University, 1993.


After fifteen years of teaching in the public schools, I returned to the university to take a MA in History at San José State University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Davis, in 2000. My scholarly interests have been in early modern history and history education.

Though I began in early modern European history, my interests soon turned to the study of colonial Mexico in the first few decaes after the conquest.  I presented and published in this topic in journals and in my recent book, Bonfires of Culture, which explores one of the early inquisitions that the Spanish conducted in the New World.

At present I am on a leave of absence from San Jose State University to found Globalyceum, a new education website.  Globalyceum is a new digital paradigm offering a more complete curricular resource to professors and students in general education than they currently received in hardcopy or digital texts.  The Globalyceum website rolled out in January 2014.