History Department
History Department

Albert A. Palacios

M.S. in Information Science & M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Candidate, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator
Albert A. Palacios



Book history, censorship, Spanish missions, cognitive mapping, museum studies, and exhibition design


Palacios’ dissertation research is on manuscript censorship, printing privilege, and publishing networks in sixteenth-century Mexico.  He has also researched architectural design, cognitive mapping, and gender in eighteenth-century Texas missions.  During his undergraduate and professional coursework, he specialized in the physical and digital exhibition of Latin American special collections. 

Currently, he is the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator.  Prior to this, he was the Film Curatorial Assistant at the Harry Ransom Center (January 2010-August 2015).  There, he recruited, trained, and oversaw over thirty graduate and undergraduate students in the preservation and cataloging of over twenty audio-visual collections, the processing of ten archives, the creation of four digital collections, and the development of two gallery exhibitions.  He also served as the project coordinator for the Gone With The Wind "Fan" Mail database, a searchable digital collection comprising records and transcripts for thousands of letters submitted to Selznick International Pictures from 1936 to 1939.

He has two publications:

"Preventing 'Heresy': Censorship and Privilege in Mexican Publishing, 1590-1612." Book History 17 (2014): 117-164.  (2014 Best Graduate Essay Prize)

“Previniendo Error en la Propagación de la Fe: The Nascence of Book Censorship in Mexico.” In Evangelization and Culture in Colonial Mexico, edited by Robert H. Jackson, 134-158 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).