Don, Patricia Lopes

Emeritus Faculty, History





Preferred: (408) 924-5526

Office Hours

TR 9:30-10:30; R 4:15-6:00


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Davis, 1974


My fields of inquiry are early modern Spanish history, colonial Mexico, and history education. In April 2010, I published a book on colonial Mexico titled Bonfires of Culture: Franciscans, Indigenous Leaders, and Inquisition in Early Mexico, 1524-1540. The book deals with an early Inquisition of indigenous leaders in the late 1530s and demonstrates how forced conversion of native communities to Christianity affected both negatively and positively the ability of indigenous leaders to rule under the Spanish colonial paradigm. In history education, I completed in 2006-2009 a Teaching American History grant, which trained 25 local teachers for master teacher status. I am currently working with a local school district in San Jose to apply for another TAH grant. Also, my new research project deals with a curriculum and assessment in history reading and writing for middle and high school a well as community college teachers to prepare students to complete a bachelor degree in any subject at the four-year university or college.