Tara Malanga
Teaching Instructor

Tara is currently a Ph.D. student in the History Department at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the change in indigenous perceptions of illness, death, and the afterlife in Mexico from the Pre-Columbian to the Colonial period. Tara is currently working with Nahuatl language documents including the Cantares Mexicanos, a number of historical annals written by various Nahua noblemen, wills and testaments from areas in and around the Valley of Mexico, Spanish and Nahuatl-language morality plays, and a record keeping book titled El Libro de los Difuntos, to understand how disease and death were recorded and represented both before and after Spanish contact. She is in the final stages of writing her dissertation entitled, “Earth is No One’s Home”: Nahuatl Perceptions of Illness, Death, and Dying in the Early Colonial Period, 1520-1650. 

Expository Writing
Exposition and Argument
Research in the Disciplines – Musical Expression and Performance
Colonial Latin American History
Disease in History

Graduate Fellow at Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis - 2019-2020

2020 (anticipated) - Ph.D. in History, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
Major field: Colonial Latin America; Minor field: Global and Comparative History

2011 - M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, Rutgers, Graduate School of Education
New Brunswick, NJ

2010 - BA in History, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ