Kris Lane

Fellow: Awarded 2015

Field of Study: European and Latin American History

Competition: US & Canada


Kris Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University in New Orleans. Lane will spend his Guggenheim Fellowship term completing a book called Treasury of the World No More: The Great Potosí Mint Fraud of 1649. Centered on a remote city in highland Bolivia, the book examines the world's largest debasement scam in early modern world history, one that reverberated globally for decades. Lane's previous books include Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires (Yale, 2010), Quito 1599: City & Colony in Transition (New Mexico, 2002), and Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750 (M.E. Sharpe, 1998, 2d. ed. Routledge, 2015). Lane has also edited two works by failed Spanish conquistador Bernardo de Vargas Machuca: The Indian Militia (Duke, 2010) and Defending the Conquest (Penn State, 2012). He has served as editor of Colonial Latin American Review since 2010, and he began editing the Diálogos book series for the University of New Mexico Press in 2013. Lane's other main project is a digital archive encompassing the history and iconography of Potosí.