Ana Pulido Rull received her Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and joined the Art Department of the University of Arkansas in the fall 2012. 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. She is the author of the book Mapping Indigenous Land: Native Land Grants in Colonial New Spain, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
This book 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. The book explores how, as persuasive and rhetorical images, these maps did more than simply record the disputed territories for lawsuits. They also enabled indigenous communities—and sometimes Spanish petitioners—to translate their ideas about contested spaces into visual form; offered arguments for the defense of these spaces; and in some cases even helped protect indigenous land against harmful requests.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.
Pulido 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.