Viviana Grieco

Associate Professor of History & Latin American and Latinx Studies

Office: 223B Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-6118 x6


Professor Viviana L. Grieco studies the political economy and political culture of the Spanish Empire. Her research focuses on the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata in the eighteenth century. She is the author of The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens (The University of New Mexico Press, 2014), translated into Spanish in 2018 by Prometeo Editorial  (La Política de Dar en el Virreinato del Río de la Plata. Donantes Prestamistas, Subditos y Ciudadanos). Dr. Grieco is currently working on a second monograph, tentatively titled Conflict and Voice. Additionally, she has started a new research project on the global commerce of ephedrine, a commodity traded in both legal and illegal networks. In 2018, in partnership with Dr. Praveen Rao (MU & UMKC-SCE), Dr. Grieco started the development of a software tool for managing and analyzing Spanish American notary records. This project will be developed under the UM-System NextGen Data Science and Innovation Center. Her projects have been funded by the University of Missouri Research Board, UMKC’s Funding for Excellence Program, UMKC’s IDEAS Collaborative Data Science Grant, and the UM-System Tier 1 Strategic Investment Program. Dr. Grieco teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin American History; Women, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America; and Historiography and Methods for graduate students.

Dr. Grieco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned her B.A. at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Emory University. Before joining UMKC, she taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and held a visiting position at Emory University. Her courses contribute to the general education curriculum, the non-Western requirement in History, and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.


ANCH 209, HIST 404, 405, 406, 407, 5581GR

Academic Credentials

B.A., (Profesor de Enseñanza Media y Superior en Historia), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1995)
M.A./Ph.D., History, Emory University (1999/2005)

Curriculum Vitae