Recent Searches

Loading Search Results...
Loading Directory Results...



Recent Pages

Recent Searches

EIU Department of History

Faculty and Staff Listing

Mark P Dries, Instructor, Honors Program Coordinator


Mark Dries's Vita

Office Hours for Fall 2018:

Monday: 1:00-3:00 pm

Wednesday: 1:00-4:00 pm

And by appointment.




Frequently Taught Courses

  • HIS 3255 - Pre-Contact and Colonial Latin America
  • HIS 3260 - Modern Latin America
  • HIS 4755 - History of the Andean Region






Ph.D., University of California, Davis




Professional Organizations

American Historical Association

Latin American Studies Association

American Society for Ethnohistory





Dr. Dries' research focusses on the ethnohistory of the early colonial Andes.  His current project examines the social history of the mercury mining center of Huancavelica, Peru during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  As the only source of the mercury in the New World, Huancavelica became a vital part of the colonial economy in the Andes when the silver mines in the region became dependent on the liquid metal to efficiently refine ore.  In order to ensure a steady supply, the Crown instituted a rotational labor draft, forcing thousands of indigenous Andeans from the surrounding regions to work in the toxic environment of the mines.  The human cost of this early modern industry, weighed alongside the economic importance of the mine and its produce made Huancavelica a prototypical example of the abuses of Spanish Colonialism for contemporary reformers and modern historians alike.  Dr. Dries' research draws on previously ignored archives in Huancavelica itself to examine how the local indigenous population responded to colonial exploitation, and to consider how local actors challenged the continual efforts of royal authorities to establish effective control of the mines.  




Selected Publications

2013    “Ayni” in Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empires’s Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests. Rebecca Seaman, ed. ABC-CLIO press.

2013    “Castrovirreyna” in Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empires’s Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests. Rebecca Seaman, ed. ABC-CLIO press.

2018    Book Review: The Matter of Empires: Metaphysics and Mining in Colonial Peru by Orlando Betancor – Revista Andina - Forthcoming

2012    Book Review: Mercury, Mining, and Empire: The Human and Ecological Cost of Colonial Silver Mining in the Andes by Nicholas A. Robins – Revista Andina, no. 52.




Selected Conference Presentations

2019   “Invisible Miners in a Mountain of Mercury: Power and Local Archives in Colonial Huancavelica, Peru” – The American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 3-6

2018   “Firmado y rubricado:” Small Town Notaries and Andean Communities in the Colonial Andes – Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies, April 4-7

2017   “The Indios Mineros of Colonial Huancavelica: Collaboration and Resistance in Peru’s Most Infamous Mine” – The Southwest Seminar: Consortium on Colonial Latin America, Oct. 5-7

2017    “Indians, Notaries, and Indian Notaries: The colonial Archive of Huancavelica, Peru” – Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association

2017     “Native Mercury: History of an Early Colonial Mining Center” – Berkeley Latin American History Working Group, March 17

2016     “The Indios Mineros of Early Colonial Huancavelica” – Institute of Andean Studies Annual Meeting, Jan. 6-7

2016     “Native Mercury: Indigenous Actors in the Creation of Colonial Huancavelica, Peru” – American Society for Ethnohistory, Nov. 9-12

2016     “Los Indios Mineros de Huancavelica” -  Seminario Extracurricular, Programa de Estudios Andinos, La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

2016     “El azogue y la economía minera durante la época colonial” – La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Nov. 5




Funding & Grants

Bilinski Writing Fellowship - University of California, Davis

Mendel Research Fellowship - Lilly Library, Indiana University

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship – US Department of Education

Dissertation Year Fellowship – Davis Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis

Reed Smith Dissertation Year Travel and Research Award – University of  California, Davis

UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative, “Environments and Societies” Research Grant – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation













Faculty/Staff Login to Update Info

Related Pages

Contact Information

History Department

2744 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Sace E Elder, Chair

2542 Coleman Hall

Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor

3721 - Coleman Hall

Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator

2572 - Coleman Hall

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
Social Science Teaching Program Coordinator

2556 Coleman Hall

Take the next step

apply now
schedule a visit

Give to EIU

Every gift made to Eastern Illinois University -- whether it's big or small -- makes a difference. EIU's generous donors are helping our students fulfill their dreams every day, and you can be part of that.

Learn more about how to make your contribution today!