Erik Lars Myrup

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • History
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
1735 Patterson Office Tower
859-257-3483
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D., Yale, 2006

Biography

A native of Salt Lake City, Professor Myrup also hails in part from New Haven, Connecticut—where he spent nearly a third of his life secretly aiming to become a professional student.  He majored in Latin American studies as an undergraduate (B.A., Yale, 1996), then subsequently returned to his alma mater to study history, completing an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. over the course of the next decade (finally graduating in May 2006—to his wife's great surprise and delight).  Prior to coming to UK, he taught at Connecticut College and the University of Northern Colorado.  Additionally, he has worked as a missionary in western Brazil and as a writer and editor in Taiwan.  When he is not in his office—and even sometimes when he is—Professor Myrup can be found reading to his children.

Research & Teaching

In addition to Brazil and Latin America, Professor Myrup's teaching and research interests include Portuguese Asia, slavery and race in the Americas, and cross-cultural encounters in the early modern world.  He is the author of Power and Corruption in the Early Modern Portuguese World (LSU Press, 2015), a global study that draws upon archival research in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, and China, to shed new light on the influence of interpersonal networks on the administration of a vast overseas empire.  Additionally, he is co-editor with Stuart Schwartz of O Brasil no império marítimo português (EDUSC, 2009).  A former Fulbright Fellow in Portugal, Professor Myrup has held visiting fellowships at Portugal's National Library and National Archive, as well as at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.  A prize-winning teacher, he loves working with students both big and little, and is a regular visitor in local elementary and secondary schools where he shares his excitement for the past with Kentucky's rising generation. He was recently a finalist for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2016), and has also been a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in the Humanities (2016), as well as the university-wide Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award (2011). 

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