Lawrence Clayton

Lawrence A. Clayton

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, Tulane University, 1972


Research Interests

  • Latin America
    • Conquest and Early Settlement
    • Andean Region
    • Cuba
  • History of the Christian Church

Current Projects

  • Apostle to the Indians: The Life of Bartolomé de las Casas for Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Bartolomé de las Casas in Documents for Bedford/St. Martin’s.
  • The Air War over the Bay of Pigs, April, 1961.

Courses Taught

  • The Spanish Frontier in North America (HY 429/529)
  • History of the Christian Church to 1500 (HY 235)
  • History of the Christian Church Since 1500 (HY 236)
  • Age of Exploration and Conquest (HY 471/571)
  • History of Religion in Latin America (HY 476/576)
  • The Iberian Atlantic World (HY 670)

Awards and Honors

  • Pew Evangelical Scholars Program Fellowship, 1999-2000.
  • Fulbright Senior Research/Lecturing Award, University of Lima, Aug.-Dec., 1988.
  • Fulbright Senior Lecturing Award, University of Costa Rica, Aug.-Dec., 1983.
  • Choice, Outstanding Academic Book, 1995, The De Soto Chronicles.

Selected Publications

  • Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2011.
  • W. R. Grace & Co., los aʼnos formativos, 1850-1930. Lima, Peru: Thalassa, 2008.
  • History of Modern Latin America. Co-authored with Michael L. Conniff. Fort Worth, Texas: Harcourt, Brace, 1999. 2nd edition, 2004 by Thomson, Wadsworth.
  • Los EE.UU. y el Perú: 1800-1995. Lima, Peru: Centro Peruano de Estudios Internaciones y Xerox del Peru, 1998. 2nd edition, June 2002.
  • Peru and the United States: The Condor and the Eagle. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1999.