David A. Boruchoff was educated at Harvard University, receiving the degrees of A.B. magna cum laude (History & Literature), A.M. and Ph.D. (Romance Languages & Literatures). Prior to coming to McGill University in 1989, he taught at Harvard and Yale Universities, the University of Michigan, and Bates College. At McGill, he has chaired the Department of Hispanic Studies (1994-98), directed the interdisciplinary program in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (1992-2003), and was associate member of the graduate program in Comparative Literature (1990-1992).
Professor Boruchoff specializes in the literature, historiography, and intellectual history of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain and Latin America, as well as the broader Atlantic world.
In relation to early modern Europe, his publications and teaching address a broad range of topics, including Humanism, the invention of the novel, the historiography of the Catholic Monarchs, Inquisitorial culture, La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes, and the works of Miguel de Cervantes (especially Don Quijote and Persiles), Francisco de Quevedo, Thomas More, and nautical historians such as Pietro Martire d’Anghiera, Richard Eden, Richard Hakluyt, and Samuel Purchas.
In relation to America, Professor Boruchoff has focused on early colonial encounters, with publications and courses on the military and spiritual conquest of Mexico, the teleology of discovery, missionary culture, and natural history and moral philosophy. His research has addressed the writings of Hernán Cortés, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Bernardino de Sahagún, Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, Christopher Columbus, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Dr. Francisco Hernández, and José de Acosta, as well as points of contact between the thought of misionaries in New Spain and New England.He is currently completing a book titled Renaissance Exploration and the Invention of a New World, and a critical edition, English translation and study of the newly discovered manuscript of the Vida y sucesos de la Monja Alférez (Life and Exploits of the Lieutenant Nun).
Professor Boruchoff is book review editor of Latin American Research Review, the journal of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). He also serves on the editorial board of Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos and on the executive council of the Cervantes Society of America, and is contributing correspondent of Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino and Cervantes International Bibliography Online.
Professor Boruchoff research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research of McGill University, the John Carter Brown Library, the Center for Renaissance Studies of the Newberry Library, the Ministry of External Affairs (Spain), the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), and the Tinker Foundation. He is currently collaborating in the project “Making Publics: Media, Markets and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700,” funded by a Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. See www.makingpublics.mcgill.ca.