- Dr. Prieto's research interest is in Colonial Latin American literature, culture and history. He is particularly interested in 16th- and 17th-century South America and South American Jesuits. Recent work focuses on the slavery of native peoples as one of the fundamental features of the Chilean 17th century. By bringing slavery to the fore, he is proposing a reevaluation of the cultural and social history of the Chilean colonial period that moves away from the traditional views of a war-dominated society or a frontier society to one in which the Chilean colony is seen as a society based on and made possible by the enslavement of native peoples. Dr. Prieto also studies the different political and theological strife within the Jesuit order in Peru during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the impact these disagreements had for the Spanish colonial project in Peru.