Ana Pulido-Rull received her Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University last May and joined the Art Department of the University of Arkansas in the fall 2012 as Assistant Professor. A native of Mexico City, she also holds a B.A. in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she began her research on indigenous painted maps and manuscripts. In her doctoral dissertation, “Land Grant Painted Maps Native Artists and the Power of Visual Persuasion in Colonial New Spain,” Pulido-Rull analyzes the social function of native art in colonial Mexico through the examination of a corpus of maps known as Land Grant Maps (Mapas de Mercedes) kept at the National Archives in Mexico City. Her research and teaching focuses on the transformation of indigenous art in the colonial period, the relationship between legal practices and art in Mexico and Peru, and the global cross-cultural artistic exchanges that took place in the sixteenth century. She is interested as well in the digital humanities and how the use of geo-spatial software such as GIS can expand possibilities for research in Art History. Her current research project examines the role native images played in the contestation of power, not only in the sixteenth century, but also after the colonial period and all the way through the present day.