Cody Barteet


Dr. Cody Barteet, Associate Professor (Art History), Undergraduate Chair
Ph.D., Art History, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2007
M.A., Art History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2000
B.A., Art History, College of Charleston, SC, 1996


Cody Barteet’s research focuses on Early Modern Art and Architecture in Latin America and Europe, with an emphasis on the relationships between the architecture and the urban form, maps and urban environments, and heraldic imagery and legislative materials. He is particularly interested in how these various contexts relate to the formation of identities, whether state, individual, gendered, or indigenous. He considers these formations by analysing the artistic negotiations that occurred in response to the foreign colonial encounters and domestic uncertainties that coincided with the rise of the Spanish imperial state during which times Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture continuously evolved. His teaching reflects his research interest as his courses analyse the visual cultures of pre-Columbian Americas, Hispanic America, and Early Modern Europe, as well as graduate seminars on the city, monuments, and race and gender.

Current Projects

My next book project, explores the formation of the urban spaces of colonial Mérida as it evolved from the abandoned Maya ceremonial center of Tihó. Specifically, I am concerned with developing an appreciation of the sixteenth-century spaces of Mérida-Tihó and how individuals (whether Spanish, Maya or African) operated within the city’s hybrid form.



Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Yucatán: The Casa de Montejo (Routledge, forthcoming)


“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


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

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

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


VAH 2266F: Pre-Contact American Art and Architecture
VAH/S 4496A/B: Practicum Internship
VAH 9561A/9661A: Race & Gender in the Americas


VAH 1041A: Art, Visual Culture, and Power
VAH/S: 4496A/B: Practicum Internship
VAH 9566A/9666A: The City in Pre-Modern and Contemporary Society 

(on sabbatical)

VAH 1041A: Art, Visual Culture, and Power
VAH 9551G/9651G: The Monument in Early Modern and Modern Art