Emily C. Floyd is a PhD candidate in the joint program in Latin American Studies and Art History at Tulane University. She earned her BA in Art History and Religion in 2009 from Smith College and her MAR in Religion and Art in 2012 from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School. Her PhD dissertation projectis titled “Matrices of Devotion: Lima’s Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Devotional Prints and Local Religion in the Viceroyalty of Peru.” The project centers on devotional prints made in Lima that depict saints and advocations of Christ and the Virgin specific to the Viceroyalty of Peru. She studies the circumstances of print production in Lima, circulation throughout the Peruvian Viceroyalty, and use-lives in the hands of Peruvians of diverse class, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in order to track the relationship between devotional prints and the rise of a unique regional Catholic sacred geography. Floyd is Editor and Curator for the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University and has served as Associate Editor for Frequencies: an online genealogy of spirituality. She is the recipient of the American Catholic Historical Association’s John Tracy Ellis Dissertation award and is a 2015 John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow.
Research Interests: Colonial Latin America, Print Culture, Material Religion, Copying, Idolatry