Ximena Sevilla

  • Assistant Professor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 124
  • Phone: 401.874.4901
  • Email: sevilla@uri.edu


I joined the history department in Fall of 2020 as a Multicultural Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow. I am originally from Lima-Peru, where I obtained my B.A. in sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. I hold an M.A. in anthropology and Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas. My nonprofessional interests include traveling and outdoor activities. I enjoy taking long walks on the beach with my husband and our dog.


As an environmental historian of Latin America, I focus on the history of frontier zones, Indigenous history, and oral history in the Andes-Amazon region in the Americas. My research explores the environmental history of the montaña region, one of the classic transition zones in modern history of Latin America located between the high Andes and lowland Amazonia. I study the entangled relationships of indigenous peoples and outsiders with the region’s unique ecological conditions from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. In my research and teaching I am interested in exploring an environmental history “from below;” one that puts emphasis at the relationship between human beings and nature by highlighting the role of native populations.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Kansas, 2020.
  • M.A., History, University of Kansas, 2016.
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Kansas, 2013.
  • B.A., Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2004.

Selected Publications

Contributor of the Environmental History Now virtual platform:“Problems of Place: Considerations for Understanding Human-Place Relations in Research” in Environmental History Now, 2019.