I am a historian of colonial Latin America and the early Iberian world with a focus on empire, race, and religion in early Mexico, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Spain. My research weds intellectual, social, and cultural histories, particularly through the lenses of race, religion, and empire, and contributes to various fields, including histories of colonial Latin America, African Diaspora, the Atlantic world, the Renaissance, and early modern Europe. My broader research interests lie in the complex Atlantic world in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries; a space where people, ideas and knowledge, and commodities and trade (to name just a few examples) from European, American, Asian, and African worlds intersected and interacted.
My dissertation, Ethiopian Royal Vassals: free black itinerancy in the Iberian Atlantic (1500-1640), explores the lives of hundreds of free black individuals who became colonial settlers in the early Hispanic Caribbean, and traces black intellectual histories across the Hispanic empire.
My publications include ““They Are Blacks of the Caste of Black Christians”: Old Christian Black Blood in the Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Iberian Atlantic” in the Hispanic American Historical Review and “Black Atlantic” in the Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present. I am currently working on a monograph project entitled, Blackness in the Early Iberian Atlantic (1500-1640). Full CV
I have received generous financial support for research and writing from the American Historical Association, The John Carter Brown Library, The Leverhulme Trust, Social Science Research Council Andrew W. Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship SSRC-IDRF, The Huntington Library, The Renaissance Society of America, the Conference on Latin American History, various centers at the The University of Texas at Austin, including, The Graduate School, British Studies Program, John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies, the Tereza Lozano Institute of Latin American Studies, and the History Department.