Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs
Tamar Herzog's work centers on the relationship between Spain, Portugal, Portuguese and Spanish America and the ways by which Iberian societies changed as a result of their involvement in a colonial project. Having dealt with the way individuals negotiated being members of both local and kingdom communities, and how immigrants became citizens, and citizens were transformed in outsiders, Herzog is currently writing a book manuscript on the formation of the border between Spain and Portugal in both Europe and the America. Rather than a political, military or diplomatic history, this is the story of how boundaries were formed on the ground by neighbors and how the right to land and the use of territory were discussed, negotiated, obtained or denied. In the past, her research centered on the working of colonial institutions in everyday life. It included an analysis of the relationship between legal norms and social and political practices, and was mainly concerned with the way institutions and normative orders responded to changing circumstances, and to material and symbolic constraints.