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Patricia Seed

Patricia Seed
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison[1]
Occupation(s)Historian, professor
SpouseGeorge Marcus[2]
ChildrenRachel, Avery

Patricia Seed is an American historian and professor in the University of California, Irvine's Department of History. She specializes in the history of cartography and navigation, and is the foremost authority on latitude as it relates to the historical use of maps in maritime exploration.[1]

Education and life

Professor Seed received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[3] After spending two decades as a history professor at Rice University, she moved to the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, in 2005. She lives with her husband, anthropologist George Marcus, with whom she has two children, Rachel and Avery.


Her specialities include history of the early modern and colonial European eras, especially in relation to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking cultures.[1][4]

Specifically, her fields of interest include history of cartography, comparative history of cartographic design and navigation, large-scale coastal mapping (e.g., Africa, 15th century), Mercator projection, historical applications of GIS to portolan charts, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission GIS data, effect of rising sea levels on West Africa, and Jewish and Islamic influences on the political construction of Latin America.[1]


She published To Love, Honor, and Obey in Colonial Mexico: Conflicts over Marriage Choice, 1574–1821 in 1992,[5] and Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492–1640 in 1995,[6]

In 2001 she published American Pentimento: The Invention of Indians and the Pursuit of Riches,[7] and a year later she was awarded the American Historical Association's James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Faculty Profile: Patricia Seed". UC Irvine Department of History. Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Department of Anthropology: George Marcus". UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. ^ Editors Emeritus of the Public History Resource Center Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ College and university-level courses in the history of cartography. Accessed 2012.01.13.
  5. ^ To Love, Honor, and Obey in Colonial Mexico: Conflicts over Marriage Choice, 1574–1821. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0804721592.
  6. ^ Seed, Patricia (1995). Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492–1640. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521497572.
  7. ^ Seed, Patricia (2001). American Pentimento: The Invention of Indians and the Pursuit of Riches. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816637669.
  8. ^ "James A. Rawley Prize Recipients". American Historical Association. Retrieved 25 April 2014.

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