About

Kimberly Hursh is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia where she is completing her dissertation, “Eternal Risks: Catholic Commercial Justice in New Spain, 1650-1767.” Her work examines how Catholic ideas about commerce, community, and colonial difference shaped how indigenous, casta, and non-elite Spanish commercial actors enacted and negotiated economic justice. It is among the first works to show how non-elite people participated in shaping the judicial constraints that ordered colonial commerce. As historians have most recently attended to non-elite resistance to top-down policies, her work takes care to highlight moments of acquiesce, that is, moments when non-elite people helped to uphold, enforce, and create commercial ordinances.