Brian Owensby

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Brian Owensby

Director, Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation



Brian Owensby is director of the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation and professor of history in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.  He is the author of three books, ranging from social and political history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil, to legal and imperial history in seventeenth-century Mexico, to a recent book on gain and economy between Europeans and  Indigenous people in early-modern South America.  He is also editor, with Richard Ross, of a volume of essays comparing English and Spanish imperial legal regimes. He has taught a variety of courses large and small to undergraduates, including Global History and has supervised several graduate students. Currently, he is teaching in the College’s First-Year Engagements program. He served as chair of the Corcoran Department of History from 2009 to 2012.