Cody Barteet


Dr. Cody Barteet, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY)
M.A., University of Texas at San Antonio
B.A., College of Charleston, SC


My research focuses on Early Modern Art and Architecture in Latin America and Europe, with an emphasis on the relationships among architecture, urban forms (and environments), maps, and textual data. I am particularly interested in the exchange of cultural forms between pre-contact Indigenous peoples and the colonizing Europeans, as disparate peoples (i.e. European, Indigenous, or African) negotiated the colonial encounters and the cultural uncertainties that arose through these engagements. My teaching reflects these research interests as my courses analyze the visual cultures of pre-Columbian Americas and Viceregal Hispanic America alongside those of Renaissance and Baroque Europe.

Current Projects

My current book project explores how pre-contact and early colonial Maya architecture and urbans spaces are presented in various types of colonial documents. Depending upon the colonial audience, whether monarchical, religious, or notarial, Maya architecture is presented through particular lens that reflect the author’s interests. Here I’m concerned with understanding how the sixteenth-century architectural and urban spaces of Yucatán are discussed to illustrate the evolution of the Yucatecan built environment evolved (or did not) and how individuals (whether Spanish, Maya or African) operated within these multicultural spaces.

Additionally, I am working an article length-study of the late-sixteenth and seventeenth-century retablos at the ex-convent of Mani, Yucatán. Specifically, I am examining the iconography and stylistic evolution of the altarpieces, illustrating why both Spanish and Maya gendered constructs are presented in the visual arts in turn of the century Yucatecan art.



Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Yucatán: The Casa de Montejo (New York and Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge, Visual Culture in Early Modernity, 2019),


“The Retablos of Mani: The Convergence of Maya and Spanish Art.” In Polychrome Art in the Early Modern World, editors Ilenia Colón Mendoza and Lisandra Estevez (Routledge, in progress)

“Maya Heraldic Arms: The Merging of Spanish and Maya Visual Cultures in the Memorial Shield to the Massacre at Otzmal.” Konsthistorisk tidskrift: Journal of Art History (April 2017): 1-22,

“Representing Tihó-Mérida in Colonial Yucatán: Maya and Spanish Considerations of a Colonial Capital.” South Central Review 32, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 21-47

“The Títulos de Ebtún, Yucatan, Mexico: Mapping Maya Communal Identity in a Colonial Spanish Notarial Context.” Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 67, no. 2 (2015): 179-199

“Contested Ideologies of Space in Hispanic American Cartographic Practices: From the Abstract to the Real in Spanish and Indigenous Maps of Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, Special Issue, Latin American Visual Culture, guest editors, Luis de Moura Sobral and Alena Robin, 38, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 22-39

“The Rhetoric of Authority: The Casa de Montejo in Mérida, Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review 35, no. 2 (2010): 5-20

Grants and Awards

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Deans’ Travel-Research Fund (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Faculty Research Development Fund Research Grant (2016)

Academic Development Fund New Research and Scholarly Initiatives Award (2009-10)

International Curriculum Fund (2009-10)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Internal Research Grant UWO (2009-10)

SSHRC, Internal Travel Grant (2009)

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Junior Fellowship, The Society of Architectural Historians



PhD Supervision


Ira Kazi, Department of Visual Arts, UWO. PhD Thesis in progress.

Brad Morison, Department of Visual Arts, UWO. PhD Thesis in progress.

Margherita Papadatos, Department of Visual Arts, UWO. PhD Thesis: “Crises of Precarity: Visual Culture and Biopolitics.”Co-superviosn with Assoc. Professor John Hatch, in progress.

Mohammed Jamil Afana, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UWO. PhD Thesis: “La identidad cultural a través del espacio urbano y arquitectónico en la Ciudad de México: el caso de la Villa de Guadalupe.” Co-Supervision with Assoc. Professor Alena Robin, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UWO, Aug. 2016

Aarnoud Rommens, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, UWO. PhD Thesis: “Constellations of Contestation: Avant-Garde Regimes of Visibility/Legibility North and South.” Co-supervision with Assoc. Professor Allan Pero, Department of English, UWO, Aug. 2012

Masters Supervision

Major Research Project (MRP) Supervisor

Ira Kazi, MRP: “Glorification of Dante & Civic Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence,” July 2019

Regan Benner, MRP: “The 24-hour Death and Disaster Cycle,” July 2018

Christina Dreise, MRP: “Infrastructure Canada: A Tour of ‘Everyday’ Canadian Spaces.” Jul. 2017

Shelley Kopp, MRP: “The Vision of Pluralism at the Aga Khan Museum.” Jul. 2017

Brett Cormier, MRP: “Cologne form the Fourth to the Sixth Century: The Emergence, Persistence, and Triumph of Christianity in the Late Roman and Early Medieval Eras.” Jul. 2016

Quintin Teszeri, MRP: “An Object that Rewards a Considered Touch.” Jul. 2015

Brad Morosan, MRP: “The Best Defense is a Good Offense: A Brief Look at Defensive Architecture.” Jul. 2015

Natalie Romano, MRP: “The Art of Accessibility and Forming Consciousness: Suzanne Lacy, WochenKlausur, and Mammalian Diving Reflex.” Dec. 2014

Thesis Chair

Nakasuk Alariaq, Thesis: “Reclaiming the Narrative: Art History in Kinngait,” Aug. 2019

Mattehw Purvis, MA Thesis: “Abstraction and Libidinal Nationalism in the Works of John Boyle and Diana Thorneycroft.” Jun. 2015

Simon Bentley, MA Thesis: “Dance of Dance: The Work of Jack Chambers and Antonio López García.” Dec. 2011

Geddesa Mahabir, MA Thesis: “The Construction of the Late-Renaissance Individual.” Aug. 2011

Rosanna Mortillaro, MA Thesis: “Built Form and Meaning in the Sixteenth Century: Pope Sixtus V and The Lateran Palace.” Aug. 2010

Recent Courses

AH 1641A: Art History and Visual Culture: Baroque to Contemporary
AH 2636F: Baroque in Europe and the Iberian Territories

VAH 2259G: Italian Renaissance Art
VAH 9581F/4477F: Mobility in Architecture
VAH/S 4496A/B: Practicum Internship