817 Rodney Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 356-7542
Department of History, PMB 351802
Nashville, TN 37235-1802
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, 2011-
Professor of History, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, 2010-
Associate Professor, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, 1999-
Grants Officer, Vanderbilt International Office, 2006-2007
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University, 2001-2004
Interim Director, Study Abroad Office, Vanderbilt University, 2001-2002
Director, Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2000-02; 2011-12
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, 1992-1999
National Director, History Teaching Alliance, 1988-1991
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Florida, 1988-1991
EDUCATION: University of Florida, Ph.D. Latin American Colonial History, 1988
University of Miami, M.A. Inter-American Studies, 1974
B.A. Hispanic American Studies, 1968 cum laude
Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (Harvard University Press, 2010, 2011). http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674035911
A History of the Atlantic World, 1400-1888, with Alison Games, Douglas R. Egerton, Kris E. Lane and Donald R. Wright (Harlan Davidson, 2007). http://www.amazon.com/Atlantic-World-History-1400-1888/dp/0882952455
Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America, ed. Jane G. Landers and Barry M. Robinson (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006). http://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=11237706401210&Page=book
Colonial Plantations and Economy in Florida, ed. Jane G. Landers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000, 2001). http://upf.com/book.asp?id=LANDES00
Black Society in Spanish Florida, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005). http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/89txp6pt9780252067532.html
Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas, ed. Jane Landers (London: Frank Cass & Co., Ltd., 1996). http://www.amazon.com/Against-Odds-Societies-Americas-Post-Slave/dp/0714642541
The African American Heritage of Florida, ed. David Colburn and Jane Landers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995, 1998). http://www.amazon.com/African-American-Heritage-Florida/dp/0813014123
Florida: The World around Us (New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 1994).
Books in Progress
African Kingdoms, Black Republics, and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic
Atlantic Transformations: The Many Lives of Francisco Menéndez and his Free Black “Subjects”
HONORS and AWARDS:
Honorable Mention, Conference on Latin American History, 2011 Bolton-Johnson Prize for Best Book on Latin American History, Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolution
“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World,” The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, $145,700, June, 2011
“Creating a Digital Archive of a Circum-Caribbean Trading Entrepôt: Notarial Records from La Guajira,” British Library Endangered Archives Programme, $73,182, May 2011
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Fellow, $5000, 2011-2012
Florida Historical Society, Rembert Patrick Award, Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolution, 2011
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, “African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in Colonial Latin America,” $3200, 2010
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, “African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in Colonial Latin America,” $38,700, 2010
Vanderbilt University Research Scholar Fellowship, “African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in Colonial Latin America,” $30,000, 2009
Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Research Grant, “In Search of Mose: Tracking St. Augustine’s Free Black Community in Exile in Cuba,” $10,000, 2008
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, “Big Prince Whitten,” $40,000, 2005-2006
National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, $150,000, 2003-2006
Southern Historical Association, Frances B. Simkins Prize, Distinguished First Book in Southern History, Black Society in Spanish Florida, 2001
CHOICE Magazine, Outstanding Academic Title, Black Society in Spanish Florida, 2001
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Research and Travel Grant, 2001
Lydia Cabrera Award, Conference on Latin American History, $5000, 2000
Vanderbilt University Research and Travel Grants, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, $5000, 1997
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Fellow, 1993-4, 1996-7, 2000-1
American Association of State and Local History Commendation, African American Heritage of Florida, 1996
Florida Historical Society, Rembert Patrick Book Award, African American Heritage of Florida, 1995 Florida Sesquicentennial Commission Sponsorship, African American Heritage of Florida 1995
Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities, Research and Travel Grants to Spain, 1995, 1998
Vanderbilt University Research Council, Small Grants Award, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006
Latin American Microform Project, Travel Grant to Cuba, 1994
Lilly Teaching Fellow, 1994-95
Vanderbilt University Research Council Summer Award, 1993, 1996, 1999
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, $30,000, 1991-1992
The Florida Historical Society President's Prize, “Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose,” 1988
Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericano (Fulbright), Research and Travel Grant to Spain, 1984
University of Florida, Travel and Research Grant, 1984; Graduate Fellowship, 1982-83
Book Chapters in Progress
“The Atlantic Travels of Francisco Menéndez and his Free Black ‘Subjects,’” The Black Atlantic and the Biographical Turn: Slavery, Migration and the Origins of the Modern World, ed. John Wood Sweet and Lisa Lindsay (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).
“The African Landscape of 17th Century Cartagena and its Hinterlands,” Black Urban Atlantics, ed. Jorge Cañizares-Ezguerra, James Sidbury and Matt D. Childs (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)
“African Slavery and Culture Change on the Spanish Southeast,” Slavery in the Colonial South,
ed. Rebecca A. Goetz and Allison Madar (Rice University Press, forthcoming).
“African Ethnic Groups in Florida,” Africa in Florida, ed. Amanda Carlson and Robin Poyner (University Press of Florida, forthcoming)
“Liderança e autoridade em assentamentos quilombolas na América espanhola e no Brasil,” trans. Carlos Franco Liberato (Luanda, Angola, forthcoming).
Diáspora, nación y diferencia. Debates históricos contemporáneos: africanos y afrodescendientes en México y Centroamérica, ed. María Elisa Velásquez (Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), CIALC-UNAM and IRD, 2011).
“Movilidad de la diáspora y comunicación entre las poblaciones de origen africano en el Circuncaribe,”
De la Libertad y la Abolición: Africanos y afrodescendientes en Iberoamérica, ed. Juan Manuel de la Serna, (Mexico City: UNAM, 2011).
“Abolicionistas negros en la Cuba decimonónica,” Diáspora Africana: Historia y Patrimonio ed. Martha Luz Machado (Amsterdam: NINSEE, 2011).
“A Nation Divided: Free Blacks and Indians on the Florida Frontier,” in Coastal Encounters: Confrontations, Accommodations, and Transformations in the Eighteenth-Century Gulf South, ed. Richmond E. Brown (University of Nebraska Press, 2007).
“Cimarrón and Citizen: African Ethnicity, Corporate Identity, and the Evolution of Free Black Towns in the Spanish Circum-Caribbean,” Slaves, Subjects, & Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America, ed. Jane G. Landers and Barry M. Robinson (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006), 111-45.
“Transforming Bondsmen into Vassals: Arming the Slaves in Colonial Spanish America,” Arming Slaves in World History, ed. Philip Morgan and Christopher Brown (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 120-45.
“Una cruzada Americana: expediciones españolas contra los cimarrones en el siglo XVII,” in Pautas de convivencia étnica en la América Latina colonial (indios, negros, pardos y esclavos), ed. Juan Manuel de la Serna Herrera (Ciudad Universitaria, México, D.F., 2005), 73-87.
“Leadership and Authority in Maroon Settlements in Spanish America and Brazil,” in Africa and the Americas: Interconnections during the Slave Trade, ed. José C. Curto and Renée Soulodre-La France (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2005), 173-184.
“Africans & Indians on the Spanish Southeastern Frontier,” Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America, ed. Matthew Restall (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2005), 53-80.
Social Control on Spain’s Contested Florida Frontier,” in Choice, Persuasion and Coercion: Social Control on Spain’s North American Frontier, ed. Jesús F. de la Teja and Ross Frank (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005), 27-48.
“Maroon Women in Spanish America," in Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Slave Societies of the Americas, ed. David Barry Gaspar and Darlene C. Hine (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004), 3-18.
“Southern Passage: The Forgotten Route to Freedom,” in Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in American History and Memory, ed. David Blight (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004), 117-31.
“The Central African Presence in Spanish Maroon Societies,” in Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora, ed. Linda M. Heywood (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 227-41.
“Conspiradores esclavizados en Colombia en el siglo XVII, in Afrodescendientes en las américas: trayectorias sociales e identitarias: 150 años de la abolición de la esclavitud en Colombia, ed. Claudia Mosquera, Mauricio Pardo and Odile Hoffman (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2002), 181-93.
“La cultura material de los cimarrones: los casos de Ecuador, La Española, México y Colombia,” in Rutas de la esclavitud en África y América Latina, ed. Rina Cáceres (San José: Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 2001), 145-56.
"Cimarrón Ethnicity and Cultural Adaptation in the Spanish Domains of the Circum-Caribbean, 1503-1763,” in Identity in the Shadow of Slavery, ed. Paul E. Lovejoy (London: Continuum, 2000), 30-54.
"Felipe Edimboro Sues for Manumission," in Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550-1850, ed. Geoffrey Spurling and Richard Boyer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 249-68.
“Fort Mose: Earliest Free African-American Town in the United States,” with Kathleen A. Deagan, in “I Too, Am America”: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life, ed. Theresa A. Singleton (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1999), 261-82.
"African and African American Women and Their Pursuit of Rights through Eighteenth-Century Spanish Texts," in Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts, ed. Anne Goodwyn Jones and Susan V. Donaldson (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1998), 56-76.
“’In Consideration of Her Enormous Crime’: Rape and Infanticide in Spanish St. Augustine," in The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South, ed. Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 205-17.
"Rebellion and Royalism in Spanish Florida: The French Revolution on Spain’s Northern Colonial Frontier," in A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean, ed. David Barry Gaspar and David Patrick Geggus (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997), 156-77.
“Free and Enslaved," in The New History of Florida, ed. Michael Gannon (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996), 167-82.
"Acquisition and Loss on a Spanish Frontier: The Free Black Homesteaders of Florida, 1784-1821," in Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas, ed. Jane Landers (London: Frank Cass & Co., Ltd., 1996), 85-101.
"Traditions of African American Freedom and Community in Spanish Florida," in The African American Heritage of Florida, ed. David Colburn and Jane Landers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995), 17-41.
"Africans in the Land of Ayllón: The Exploration and Settlement of the Southeast," in Columbus and the Land of Ayllón, ed. Jeannine Cook (Darien: Lower Altamaha Historical Society, 1992), 105-23.
"Francisco Xavier Sánchez--Floridano Planter,” in Spanish Pathways in Florida, ed. Ann L. Henderson and Gary R. Mormino (Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, Inc., 1991), 168-87.
African Presence in Early Spanish Colonization," in Columbian Consequences. Volume 2. Archaeology and History of the Spanish Borderlands East, ed. David Hurst Thomas (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990), 315-27.
Journal Articles in Progress
“Religious Corporatism and Identity Formation in Colonial Cuba”
“Founding Mothers: Female Rebels in Colonial New Granada and Florida,” Journal of African American History, (forthcoming).
“Slavery in the Spanish Caribbean and the Failure of Abolition,” REVIEW, A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, special issue Review XXXI-3-2008, "The Second Slavery: Mass Slavery, World-Economy, and Comparative Microhistories, Part II", eds. Dale Tomich & Michael Zeuske.
“Slavery in Ecclesiastical Archives: Preserving the Records,” Hispanic American Historical Review, with Mariza Soares, Paul E. Lovejoy, and Andrew McMichael, 86:2 (May 2006): 337-346.
“Resistencia africana y trata de esclavos en el Caribe hispánico,” Revista del Caribe 40 (2003): 32-46.
“Cimarrones africanos e indios en la frontera española con los Estados Unidos. El caso de los Seminoles negros en La Florida,” Memoria e Sociedad, Diásporas Afroamericanas: Escenarios históricos, diálogos Atlánticos, balances y perspectivas 7 (Bogotá, Colombia, November 2003):25-36.
“African Contributions to Florida’s Northeastern Plantations,” The Florida Anthropologist LVI, no. 3 (September 2003):183-88.
“La cultura material de los cimarrones: estudios de casos en Ecuador, La Española, México y Colombia, El Caribe Arqueológico 7 (Santiago, Cuba, 2003): 2-10.
“Slavery in the Lower South,” OAH Magazine of American History, 17, no. 3 (April 2003):23-7.
“Female Conflict and Its Resolution in Eighteenth-Century St. Augustine," The Americas 54:4 (April, 1998): 557-74.
"Black Community and Culture in the Southeastern Borderlands," Journal of the Early Republic 18:1 (Spring 1998): 117-34.
"Africans in the Spanish Colonies," Historical Archaeology 31, no. 1 (1997): 84-91.
"Acquisition and Loss on a Spanish Frontier: The Free Black Homesteaders of Florida, 1784-1821," Slavery and Abolition 17, no. 1 (April 1996): 85-101.
"An Eighteenth-Century Community in Exile: the Floridanos of Cuba," New West Indian Guide 70, no. 1 & 2 (Spring 1996): 39-58; in translation, “Una comunidad del siglo XVIII en el exilio: los floridanos en Cuba,” Del Caribe 44 (2004):53-61.
"Slave Resistance on the Southern Frontier: Fugitives, Maroons, and Banditti in the Age of Revolutions," El Escribano (1995):12-24; Reprinted in Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies, eds. Jon Smith and Deborah Cohen (Duke University Press, 2004), 80-93.
"Black-Indian Interaction in Spanish Florida," Colonial Latin American Historical Review 3 (Spring 1993): 141-162.
"Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose: A Free Black Town in Colonial Florida," American Historical Review 95 (February 1990): 9-30; Reprinted in:
Colonial America: Essays in Political and Social Development, ed. Stanley Katz, John Murrin, and Douglas Greenberg (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001); The World of Unfree Labour, ed. Colin Palmer (Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 1999);A Question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Masculinity in the United States, ed. Darlene Clark Hine and Earnestine Jenkins (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999); How Sweet the Sound': The Spirit of African American History, ed. Nancy-Elizabeth Fitch (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999); Major Problems in American Colonial History, ed. Karen O. Kupperman (Boston: DC Heath & Company, 1993), 337-348.
"An Examination of Racial Conflict and Cooperation in Spanish St. Augustine: The Career of Jorge Biassou, Black Caudillo," El Escribano 25 (December 1988): 85-100.
"Spanish Sanctuary: Fugitives in Florida 1784-1790," Florida Historical Quarterly (January 1984): 296-313; Reprinted in: America's Ancient City, Spanish St. Augustine: 1565-1763, ed. Kathleen A. Deagan (New York: Garland Publishing, 1991).
African-American National Biography, ed. Skip Gates (Oxford, 2008); Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, ed. Colin Palmer (Macmillan, 2005); Encyclopedia World Slavery, ed. Paul Finkelman & Joseph C. Miller (Macmillan, 1999); Colonial Wars of North America, 1512-1763, ed. Alan Gallay (Garland, 1996).
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Editorial Boards & Research Affiliations
Oxford Bibliography On-line: Atlantic History, Founding Editorial Board, 2008-
America in the Atlantic World, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Editorial Advisor
Palimpset, A Journal on Women, Gender & the Black International, Vanderbilt Editorial Board, 2010-
Historic St. Augustine Research Institute at Flagler College, Research Associate 2007-
History Compass, Editorial Board for Early North America, 2005-
The Americas, Senior Editor, 2003-2008
Slavery & Abolition, Editorial Board, 1998- ; Guest Editor, Special Issue, "Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas," April 1996
Colonial Latin American Historical Review, Editorial Board, 1993- ; Guest Editor, Special Issue, "Africans in Latin American Colonial History," Spring 1994
Florida Historical Quarterly, Editorial Advisory Board, 1993-2002
Afro-Latin American Review, Editorial Board, 1996-99
Southern Exposure, Advisor, Quincentenary Issue on Southeastern Indians, Spring 1992
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Offices and Committees
Conference on Latin American History, Vice-President, 2011-13; Lydia Cabrera Award Committee, 2000, Chair, 2009-10; Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2007; Nominating Committee, 1999, 1994
American Historical Association, James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History Committee, 2012, 2002-05, Chair, 2003; Nominating Committee, 2006-09, Chair, 2008
Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University, International Associate, 2009; Executive Committee, 2007-2009; Advisory Board, 2000-2007
Southern Historical Association, Executive Committee, 2011-; President, Latin American & Caribbean Section, 2010; Vice-President, Latin American & Caribbean Section, 2009; Program Committee, 2003; Nominating Committee, 2002, Chair 2003; Membership Committee, 1992
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, Frederick Douglass Book Prize Committee, 2006
Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, Executive Committee, 2002-04; President, 2000-02; Vice-President and Program Chair, 1998-2000
Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, Vanderbilt University, Co-Founder & Co-Director, 2000-
African Studies Association, Local Arrangements Committee, 2000
Association of Caribbean Historians, Nominating Committee, 1999
American Studies Association, Local Arrangements Committee, 1994
Southern Association for Women Historians, Program Committee, 1993
American Society for Ethnohistory, Nominations Committee, 1991
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Grants Written/ Projects Directed
“Creating a Digital Archive of a Circum-Caribbean Trading Entrepôt: Notarial Records from La Guajira,” British Library Endangered Archives Programme, $73,182, May 2011 (co-directed with Pablo Gómez)
“One Nation Out of Many: Multiculturalism in Brazil and the United States,” with the University of Florida, the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco,
Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, $253,872, July 2010 (co-directed with Celso Castilho)
“A Proposal to Create a Brazilian Studies Concentration,” Vanderbilt International Office, $10,000, April 2010
“New Research in Slavery & Atlantic World History in Brazil & the United States: A Collaborative
Project of Vanderbilt University & the Universidade de São Paulo,” Vanderbilt International Office, $8000, October 2009
“Advancing International Humanities Research,” A Collaborative Project of Vanderbilt University & the University of Warwick, Vanderbilt International Office, $6946, April 2009 (Written only)
“Race, Development and Social Inequality: Access and Equity in Higher Education in Brazil and the United States," with Howard University, Universidade de São Paulo, and Universidade da Bahia, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, $220,000, June 2008
“Multicultural Diversity, Social Inequality, and the Pursuit of Health in Brazil and the United States,” with Fisk University, Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,
Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, $42,158, March 2007
“Ecclesiastical Sources and Historical Research on the African Diaspora in Brazil and Cuba,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, $150,000, May 2003-2006 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/esss/index.php
“Race, Development, and Social Inequality: Developing Cross-Cultural, Interdisciplinary Curricula in Brazil and the United States,” with Howard University, Universidade de São Paulo, and Universidade da Bahia, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, $430,000, October 2002
Latin American Microform Project, $7500, 1995 (to microfilm records in Havana & Matanzas, Cuba)
“Bill of Rights Education Collaborative, Pew Charitable Trust, $100,000, June 1991
“History Teaching Alliance Collaboratives,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Challenge Grant, $900,000 May 1989 (history seminars for K-12 teachers)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Projects Co-Directed:
“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World,” The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, $145,700, June 2011 (co-directed with Richard J. Blackett and Teresa Goddu).
“Creating a Digital Archive of Afro-Colombian History and Culture,” British Library Endangered Archives Programme, $66,000, 2008 (co-directed with Pablo F. Gómez, Director).
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Invited Lectures and Public Addresses
"The Many Lives of Francisco Menendez: Mandinga Captive, Yamassee Warrior, and Militia Captain in Spanish Florida and Cuba," Early Americas Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park, May 2012
“African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic,” Distinguished Speaker’s Program, Rhodes College, Memphis, March 2012
“Not 1619: The Much Longer History of Atlantic Creoles in Early America,” The Richard S. Wells Lectures: New Approaches to Early American History, University of North Carolina Greensboro, April 2011
“The Atlantic Lives of Francisco Menéndez: Mandinga Captive, Yamasee Warrior and Vassal of the King of Spain,” University of Miami, April 2011
“Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolution: Forgotten Agents of Change,” The George Washington Forum, Ohio University, January 2011
“Liderança e autoridade em assentamentos quilombolas na América espanhola e no Brasil,” Universidade Federal de Pernambuo, Recife, and Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, July 2010.
“’Civilizing’ Haiti: Representation, and Its Discontents,” Thinking Out of the Lunchbox Series, Nashville Public Library, April 2010
“The Material Culture of Maroons: Case Studies from 17th-Century Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico,” Vanderbilt History Seminar, November 2009
“The Lower South in the Age of Revolutions,” New Directions in the History of the Global South Seminar, University of Virginia, October 2009
“Escravos rebeldes e defensores do rei: a contra-revolução em Saint Domingue” Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, June 2009
“Historias africanas de las Americas, a raíz de las guerras de independencia,” The Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain, January 2008
“Abolicionistas negros em Cuba, século XIX” and “O projeto de digitalizar os livros sacramentais dos negros e pardos em Cuba e no Brasil,” Centro de Estudos Afro-Orientais, Salvador, Brazil, August 2007
“Contested Histories: African Diaspora Studies in the Spanish circum-Caribbean,” Keynote address, Black Diaspora in the South and the Caribbean Conference, Louisiana State University, March 2007
“Ecclesiastical Sources for Slave Society in Cuba,” Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, January 2007
Black Society in Spanish Florida, Miami International Book Fair, November 2006
“Juan Bautista Whitten, Formerly Known as Big Prince: An African in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions,” St. Augustine Historical Research Institute, March 2007; Campbell University, February 2007; Keynote address, SECOLAS and Africana Studies Conference, UNCC, April, 2006; University of Virginia, March 2006; Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2005; McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, August 2005
Freedom in the Florida Territory, Underground Railroad Conference, Keynote presentation, University of Miami, February 2004
“Prince Witten: An African Creole in the Era of Revolutions,” Keynote address, 25th Mid-America Conference on History, University of Memphis, September 2003
“Spanish Sources for Subaltern Studies from around the Gulf of Mexico,” Keynote address, In and Around the Gulf of Mexico, University of Southern Mississippi, April 2003
“A Nation Divided: Free Blacks & Indians on the Florida Frontier,” Charles M. Andrews Symposium, Johns Hopkins University, September 2002; Charles Mahan Symposium, U of South Alabama, 2003
“More Than Chattel: Africans in the Spanish Colonial World,” King Juan Carlos I of Spain Lecture Series, New York University, May 2002
“Social Control on Spain’s Contested Florida Frontier,” William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, April 2002
“Slave Conspirators in 17th Century Colombia,” Black Atlantic/African Diaspora Seminar, Rutgers University, October 2001
“African Women in the Diaspora: The Spanish Experience,” Dakar, Senegal, 2000
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Conference Presentations
“Paying Attention to African “Nations” in the Iberian Atlantic,” Exploring Dimensions of African Diasporas: An International Conference, Johns Hopkins University, April 2012
"The Liberal Constitution of 1812 and Its Reception by Free Black Militiamen in Spanish Florida," Southeastern Conference on Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, March 2012
“Spanish Florida as a Black Sanctuary,” Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges, University of Miami, February 2012
“Military Networks and the Struggle for Liberty: Spain’s Black Militias in the Atlantic World,” Atlantic Networks and the Problem of Liberty in the Age of Revolutions, University of New Hampshire November, 2011
“Negros cimarrones e indios en la frontera española: el caso de los Seminoles negros de la
Florida,” Huellas de África en América: a 200 años del Decreto de Libertad de Vientre en Chile, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, August 2011
“The First Maroon Wars in the Americas: Hispaniola in the 16th Century,” Confluence of Cultures or Convergence of Diasporas, Marrakech, Morocco, May 2011
“Fleeing Enslavement and Building Communities: Female Maroons in Colonial New Granada and Florida,” Legacies of Family, Work and Reform: Women in the Atlantic World, 1600-1900, Huntington Library, March 2011
The Black Atlantic and the Biographical Turn: Slavery, Migration and the Origins of the Modern World, National Humanities Center, February 2011
“African Slavery and Culture Change on the Spanish Southeast,” Slavery in the Colonial South, Rice University, February 2011
“Studying Maroon Culture through Material Culture and Church Records,” New Approaches to the Study of Slavery and Abolition in the Americas, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, University of Oregon, November 2010
“Atlantic Creoles and Black Abolitionists in Matanzas, Cuba in the 1820s and 1830s,” Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2010
“African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in Colonial Spanish America,” Outlaws in the Caribbean: Past and Present, Vienna, May 2010
“The Circulation of Literature and “Inflammatory” Ideas Among Free Blacks in 19th Century Cuba,” Diaspora Crossings: Transnational Communication and Exchange in the African Diaspora, 1820-2000, Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June, 2009
“The State of Archives in Cuba,” The Future of the Arts in Cuba Conference, Rockefeller Foundation, Pocantico, NY, May 2009
“The African Landscape of 17th Century Cartagena and its Hinterlands,” Black Urban Atlantics Conference, University of Texas, Austin, April 2009
“Diasporan Mobility and Links among Populations of African Descent in the circum-Caribbean,” at
Diaspora, Nation and Difference, Populations of African Descent in Mexico and Central America, Veracruz, June 2008
“Abolitionist Networks and their Repression in Cuba,” The Abolitionists of 1807-1808 and the Atlantic World, The Huntington Library, January 2008
“Juana, La Virreina: the Seventeenth-Century Vice-Queen of Matudere,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2008
“The Afro-Cuban Diaspora of the 1840s,” Unfinished Business, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, May 2007
“The Impact of the British Abolition in Cuba”, Slavery, Memory, Citizenship Symposium, The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University, Toronto, March 2007
“Corporatism as a Vehicle for Building Black Communities in Colonial Spanish America”, Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora, Boston University, March 2007
“African Ethnicity and Corporate Organization in the Records of Black Brotherhoods in Colonial Cuba,” American Historical Association & Conference on Latin American History, Atlanta, January, 2007
“The Role of Black Cultural Brokers: Negotiating Indigenous Trade and Military Alliances in Spanish Florida” and “La repressión de abolicionistas de color en Cuba en el siglo XIX, 52nd Congreso de Americanistas, Sevilla, July 2006
“Alternative Visions and Failed Transformations: Late Seventeenth Century Rebellions in the Americas,” at Transformations: the Atlantic World in the Seventeenth Century, Harvard University, March 2006
Juan Bautista Whitten, Formerly Known as Big Prince: An African in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions,” Rethinking the History of the American South: Honoring a Master, A Conference in Honor of Bertram Wyatt Brown, University of Florida, October 2005
“Sacramental Records in Cuba and Brazil, “Memory and Methodology: Workshop on the African Diaspora, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, York University, July 2005
“Developments in African History: from Continental to Comparative Perspectives,” World History Association, Ifrane, Morocco, June 2005
“Historiography of the Spanish Slave Societies,” Slavery from Within: Comparative Perspectives and Legacies in the Atlantic World, Roosevelt Study Center, Middleburg, the Netherlands, June 2005
“State of the Field: Atlantic World,” Organization of American Historians, San Jose, April 2005
“Crusaders and Pacifiers: Comparing Jesuit and Franciscan Accounts of 17th Century Maroons,” Conference on Latin American History, Seattle, January 2005
“Africanos e indígenas em Cuba e na Florida colonial,” Brazilian Studies Association, Rio, June 2004
“Repression of Free Blacks in Cuba Following Saint Domingue,” American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January 2004
“Buscando os Africanos na Documentação Histórica: Métodos e Fontes Novos,” Escravidão Africana
& Tráfico Atlântico nas Américas, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, July 2003
"African Maroons and Indians on the Spanish Frontiers: the Case of the Black Seminoles," and "Slave Conspirators and Maroons in Seventeenth-Century Colombia," at 51st International Congress of Americanists, Santiago, Chile, July 2003
“Fugitive Slaves and Resistance in Florida,” Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in American History and Legend, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., 2003
“The Circulation of Ideas among Atlantic Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” NYU Atlantic History Workshop, September 2003; Literary Manifestations of the African Diaspora, Accra, Ghana, 2003
“The Circulation of Ideas and Literature among Atlantic Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” Association of Caribbean Historians, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 2003
“Sacramental Records and the Reconstruction of African History in Cuba,” Religion across the Atlantic Symposium, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, Toronto, September 2002
“Juan Bautista Witten, Formerly Known as Big Prince: An African in the Atlantic World,” Presidential Address, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction,” Huntington Library, March 2002
“The Circulation of Ideas among Atlantic Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” Literary Manifestations of the African Diaspora Conference, Accra, Ghana, 2003
“Workshop on Database Construction and the African Diaspora,” Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, Toronto, July 2002
“Conspiradores esclavizados en Colombia en el siglo XVII, Pasado, presente y futuro de los Afrodescendientes, University of Cartagena, Colombia, 2001
“African Diasporas and Zones of Refuge in the Spanish Borderlands,” Conference on Latin American History, Boston, 2001
“Slavery and Defense in the Colonial Borderlands,” Gilder Lehrman Center International Conference, Yale University, New Haven, 2000
“Comparing Cultural and Material Traditions of Maroons in Brazil and Spanish America,” Enslaving Connections: Africa and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade, York University, Toronto, 2000
“La lucha para el espacio, la autoridad, y la identidad: un análisis cultural de las guerras cimarronas en
Colombia en el siglo XVII,” XI Congreso Colombiano de Historia, Bogotá, 2000
“Maroon Ethnicity and Identity in Ecuador, Colombia, and Hispaniola,” Latin American Studies Association, Miami, September 2000
“Black Kingdoms/Black Republics: Maroon Communities and Their Transformations in 17th Century Colombia and Mexico," American Historical Association/Conference on Latin American History/Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, Washington, 1999
“Resources for African and Indigenous History in Spanish Caribbean Archives,” International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, 1999
“The Kongo/Angola Presence in Spanish Maroon Communities” Bantu into Black: Central Africans in the Atlantic Diaspora, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1999
“The Material Culture of Maroons," The Slave Route in Latin America, University of Costa Rica, 1999 (Also organized U.S. panels)
“Maroon Women in Spanish America,” Southern Historical Association, Ft. Worth, 1999
"A Separate Nation: Free Blacks and Indians on the Florida Frontier," Society for the History of the Early American Republic, Lexington, 1999
"African Resistance and the Slave Trade in the Spanish Caribbean," Transatlantic Slaving and the African Diaspora Using the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Dataset of Slaving Voyages, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, 1998
“Interracial Piracy and Corsairing in Florida and the Greater Caribbean from the Sixteenth through the Eighteenth Centuries,” Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, 1998
"The Exile of the Black Auxiliaries of Carlos IV, Spain's Black Allies in the Haitian Revolution," The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, 1998
"An American Crusade: Seventeenth-Century Spanish Expeditions against the Maroons," Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, Huntington Library, 1998
"Cimarrón and Citizen: African Ethnicity, Corporate Identity, and the Evolution of Free Black Towns in the Spanish circum-Caribbean," American Society for Ethnohistory, Mexico City, 1997
"African Ethnicity and Culture in the Americas: The Historical and Archaeological Records," SSHRC/UNESCO Institute on Identifying Enslaved Africans, York University, Toronto, Canada, 1997
"Slaves and the Slave Trade in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Florida," at the West Africa and the Americas: Repercussions of the Slave Trade, UWI, Kingston, Jamaica, 1997
“Female Conflict in Eighteenth-Century St. Augustine," Conference on Latin American History, New York, 1997
"Human and Cultural Links in a Transatlantic Chain,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 1996 and Afro-Latin American Research Association, Bahia, Brazil, 1996
"Indians & Africans in Early Spanish Florida & Cuba," Association of Caribbean Historians, Barbados, 1996
Organizer & chair, "Historical and Archaeological Collaboration and the Revision of Early-Contact History of the Circum-Caribbean," Conference on Latin American History, Seattle, January 1996
“Slavery on the Spanish Borderlands,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 1996
"Recreated Forms: Family and African Militias in Spanish Florida," Association of Caribbean Historians, Guyana, 1995
"Francisco Xavier Sánchez: Floridano Planter," Southern Historical Association, Louisville, 1994
"Economic Activity and Free Black Property Ownership in Spanish Florida, 1784-1821," Association of Caribbean Historians, San German, Puerto Rico, 1994
Choices, Concessions and Change for Africans in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish Colonies," Society for Historical Archaeology, Vancouver, B.C., 1994
"Africans and Native Americans on the Southeastern Colonial Frontier," Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Historical Perspectives on the African Diaspora, Smithsonian Institution, September 1992
"African American Women and Their Pursuit of Rights in Eighteenth-Century Spanish St. Augustine," Association of Caribbean Historians, Nassau; American Society for Ethnohistory, Salt Lake City, 1992
"Cimarrones and Vecinos: African Communities in the Spanish Caribbean," Society for Historical Archaeology, Kingston, Jamaica, 1992
“An 18th Century Community in Exile: The Floridanos in Cuba," Conference on Latin American History, Washington, 1992
"Traditions of African American Freedom and Community in Spanish Colonial Florida," American Historical Association, New York, 1990
"Black/Indian Interaction in Spanish Florida," Organization of American Historians, Washington, 1990
"African Presence in Early Spanish Colonization," Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, 1989
"Black/Yamassee Cooperation on the Colonial Southeast Frontier," American Society for Ethnohistory, Williamsburg, 1988
“The Paradox of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose: A Free Black Town in Spanish Florida," American Historical Association, Washington, 1987
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Panel Comments
“War, Race, and Religion in the Colonial Spanish Caribbean," Latin American and Caribbean Section, Southern Historical Association, Baltimore, October 2011
“Slave Rebellion in the 1790s Caribbean,” Black Resistance in an Age of Revolution: A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of the 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt, Tulane University, October 2011
“Creating Haiti,” Conference on Latin American History, Boston, January 2011
“Visions of Cuban Slavery beyond Sugar I: Gender, Race and Culture,” and “Colonial Culturescapes: Colombia’s Coastal Encounters,” Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2010
“Indigenous Intermediaries, Línguas and Middlemen: Perspectives from History and Anthropology,” and “Digital History: Challenges and Promises of New Methodologies,” Brazilian Studies Association, Brasilia, July 2010
"Redrawing the Boundaries of Freedom," Slaving Paths: Rebuilding and Rethinking the Atlantic Worlds, American Historical Association, San Diego, January 2010
“Urban Slavery in Latin America,” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009
“Remembering and Reconstructing the Experiences of Slavery and the Slave Trade,” American Historical Association, NY, January 2009
“Finding and Remembering Brazilian Connections to Africa,” Brazilian Studies Association, New Orleans, March 2008
“Resistance and Accommodation as Expressions of Dialogue,” Confronting Slavery: Towards a Dialogue of Cultural Understanding Conference, Rio de Janeiro, November 2007
“Walking the Tightrope: Keeping Cuba Española in the Age of Revolutions,” Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, September 2007
"Pragmatic Grounds for British Success: Conquest and Defense," The Struggle for the Americas, 1500-1763, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, August 2007
“Racial Borderlands,” Filson Historical Society, 2006
“Resistance and Rebellion on the Periphery,” History of Florida and the Atlantic World Conference,
Florida State University, 2006
“Shaping the Diaspora: Shifting Identities and Atlantic Counterpoints,” Northwestern University, 2005
“Between Race & Place: Blacks and Blackness in Central America and the Mainland Caribbean,” Tulane University, 2004
“Saint Domingue on the Eve of Revolution: Free People of Color,” The Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2004
“Indigenous Participation,” Lost Colonies Conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
“Navigating Race & Ethnicity in Colonial Mexico,” SECOLAS, Santo Domingo, DR, 2004
“Africans in Colonial Latin America and the Circum-Caribbean, “Southern Historical Association, Memphis, 2004
“Thinking the Unthinkable: Constructing the Haitian Revolution in Early America,” Omohundro
Institute of Early American History and Culture, New Orleans, 2003
“The Indian South & Atlantic Perspectives,” Southern Historical Association, Houston, 2003
“Contesting Authority on Spanish Imperial Frontiers,” Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, 2003 (Also organized panel)
“The Structure of Colonial Societies, 1500-1825", International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2002
“Inclusive Frontiers? The Many Faces of Social Control in 18th Century Spanish American Peripheries,” Conference on Latin American History, San Francisco, 2001
“Slavery and Defense in the Colonial Borderlands,” Gilder Lehrman Center International Conference, Yale University, New Haven, 2000
“Manumission in Spanish America,” Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, 2000
“Independence Wars and Slavery: The Course and Consequences of Slave Recruitment” Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, 2000
"Fashioning Identity in the Spanish Borderlands," Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, San Francisco, 1996
"Ethnohistory on the Spanish Imperial Fringe," Conference on Latin American History, 1990
Other selected presentations: Spelman College, 2007; University of South Florida, 2007, 2003; Tennessee State University, Distinguished Lecture Series, 1999; Early Modern Seminar, University of Kansas, 1999; University of Florida, McAlister Lecture, 1998; Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee, 1997; Instituto Tavera, Madrid, 1995; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City, 1993; Georgia Humanities Council 1992; University of Houston, Quincentenary Conference, 1992; Charleston Museum, 1992; South Carolina Humanities Council, 1992; Centro Nacional de Conservación, Restauración, y Museología, La Havana, Cuba, 1991; University of Mississippi, African American Archaeology Network Conference, 1989; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1989; Florida Historical Society, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1999; Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericano, Seville, 1989
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Consultation, Public History Outreach
Historical Consultant, Florida at the Crossroads-Florida 2013 Initiative, University of Miami, 2010-
Historical Consultant, Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Conference, University of South Florida, 2010-
Guest Scholar, NEH Landmarks in American History Seminar, “Aiming for Pensacola,” University of West Florida, 2009
Guest Scholar, NEH Summer Institute, “Black Resistance,” Johns Hopkins University, 2009
Guest Scholar, Florida Humanities Council, “Between Columbus & Jamestown,” 2007, ’08, ‘09
Historical Consultant, Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee, 2008-09
Historical Consultant, “Ft. Mose: Symbol of Freedom,” Exhibit, Visitor Center Exhibit, 2007-
Historical Consultant, Kingsley Plantation Exhibit, Ft. George Island, Florida, 2007
Guest Scholar, The King’s Edict, Hidden Histories Project, Florida Humanities Council, Miami, 2007
Guest Scholar, NEH Landmarks in American History Seminar, St. Augustine, 2004, ‘05, ‘06,
Early American History Website, African Americans, 16-18th Centuries, National Park Service, 2006
"Francisco Menéndez," Footsteps: African American Heritage (Cobblestone Publication, 2005)
Guest Scholar, NEH Summer Teachers Institute, The Founding of Jamestown & its Atlantic Context, Folger Library, June 2000
Guest Scholar, NEH Summer Teachers Institute on Race and Gender in Brazil, Vanderbilt, 2000
Guest Scholar, NEH Summer Teachers Institute on Comparative Religion, University of Florida, 1989
Historical Consultant, “The Seminole Wars,” Mindflow Media, Inc.
Historical Consultant, “The Underground Railroad “National Park Service study
Advisory Board, Virtual Jamestown
Historical Consultant, “African Americans at the Belle Meade Plantation,” Nashville
Historical Consultant, “A Muted Heritage: African American & Native American Interactions and Relations in the Southeast,” Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
Historical Consultant, “The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: A View of the Transatlantic Passage in Trade, 1650-1750,” Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Historical Consultant, San Luis Archaeological and Historic Site, Florida Department of State
Historical Consultant, "The Florida Story,” documentary series, Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc.
Historical Consultant, African Diaspora & Africa Catalog, The Schomburg Center
Historical Consultant, “Black Warriors of the Seminole,” Documentary, WUFT, winner of the Suncoast Regional Emmy
Historical Consultant, “Fort Mose: Colonial America's Black Fortress of Freedom,” Exhibit & Catalogue, Florida Museum of Natural History
Historical Consultant, Florida Heritage Education Project, Florida Department of State
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Media Interviews
“Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolution,” Counterpoint, WKNO FM (NPR for the Mid-South)
“The Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive,” News Channel 5 and Urban Outlook, News Channel 5, Nashville, TN; WKAUZ (CBS) Wichita Falls, Texas-Lawton, Okla., WXCW (CW) Ft. Myers-Naples, Fla. and ABC affiliates WPTY (Memphis, Tenn.) and WTVC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
“En el Año Internacional de los Afrodescendientes – La Historia de Juan Bautista Witten,” U.S. Embassy Radio Station, Santiago, Chile, 2011
“Colonial South Carolina and the Battle of Hanging Rock,” History at the Hermitage Podcast, 2010
Revista de História da Biblioteca Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2007
“O papel da igreja nas comunidades negras de Cuba e do Brasil na época colonial,” TV/UFBA, 2007
“Black Seminoles,” The Seminole Wars, documentary series, Mindflow Media, Inc.
“The Era of Spanish Exploration,” “Race in Latin America,” Vanderbilt Virtual School
The History Channel, "Underground Railroad," 1999
Florida PBS, "The Florida Story," 1999
National Geographic, 1997
WMAZ-TV, Macon, GA, "Guest Editorial," 1994
University of Georgia, "Land of Ayllón," 1992
SCTV, Columbia, SC, "Quincentenary Minutes," 1992
Florida Crossroads, "The Unfinished Journey," 1992
“Black Warriors of the Seminole,” WUFT, 1989
CBS Television, "Nightwatch," 1989
WHUR Radio, Howard University, 1989
Cambridge University Press; Princeton University Press; D C Heath and Company; Bedford/St. Martin’s; Oxford University Press; Prentice-Hall; Scholarly Resources, Inc.; University Press of Florida; University of Pennsylvania Press; University Press of Mississippi; William and Mary Quarterly; Ethnohistory; Colonial Latin American Historical Review; Slavery & Abolition; Hispanic American Historical Review; Journal of the Early Republic; Journal of Southern History; Journal of American History; The Americas, Historia Crítica, Latin American Research Review, Mexican Studies/ Estudios Mexicanos
Review and Evaluation: Books
The Journal of the Early Republic; Alabama Review; Colonial Latin American Historical Review; Florida Historical Quarterly; Georgia Historical Quarterly; Journal of Southern History; Pacific Historical Review, Hispanic American Historical Review
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Review and Evaluation: Junior Scholars’ Manuscript Workshops
Commentator, Northwestern University, African American Studies, Manuscript Workshop, 2008
Commentator, SUNY Buffalo, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Book Manuscript Workshop, 2005
Review and Evaluation: Promotion and Tenure:
University of Virginia, Ohio University, William & Mary, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of West Florida, University of North Florida, Bryant University, St. Lawrence University, University of Florida, University of Miami, Clark University, Southern Illinois University
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Review and Evaluation: Research Proposals
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2012
University of Miami, Cuban Heritage Collection, Research Grants, 2011
Conference on Latin American History, Lydia Cabrera Award Committee, 2000, 2009, 2010
National Endowment for the Humanities, Review Panelist, America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning and Implementation Grants, 2012; Collaborative Projects, 1994, 1997; Summer Seminars and Institutes, 1997; Interpretive Research Program, 1993; Media Programs, 1990; Secondary Education Programs, 1990; Travel to Collections Grants, 1989
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Academic Advisory Committee, 1996, 1998; Fellows Selection Committee, 1993
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, Regional Selection Committee, 1993-94
National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, 1993
Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Prize Committee, 1998, 1999, 2000
2010 Pablo F. Gómez, ACLS Fellow, Spain & Portugal, “Bodies of Encounter: Health, Illness and Death in the Early Modern African-Spanish Caribbean,” 2010; Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University, 2010-
2009 John David Wheat, Fulbright Fellow, Spain, “The Afro-Portuguese Maritime World and the Foundations of Spanish Caribbean Society, 1570-1640,” 2009; Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, 2009
2006 Eugene Berger, J. León Helguera Fellow, “Permanent War on Peru's Periphery: Frontier Identity and the Politics of Conflict in 17th Century Chile,” 2006, Assistant Professor, Southern Missouri State University, 2006-2012; Associate Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2012-
2005 Barry Robinson, J. León Helguera Fellow, “The Limits of Loyalty in Colotlán: Subversion, Pardon, and Society in Late Colonial New Spain, 1780-1821,” 2005, Assistant Professor, Samford University, 2005-2012; Associate Professor, Queen’s College, Charlotte, 2012-
2004 Kimberley Breuer, “Reshaping the Cosmos: Maya Society on the Yucatecan Frontier,” 2004, Lecturer, University of Texas Arlington, 2005-
1998 Lynne Guitar, Fulbright Fellow, Dominican Republic, “Cultural Genesis: Relationships among Indians, Africans& Spaniards in Rural Hispaniola, First Half of the 16th Century,” Resident Director, CIEE, Dominican Republic, 2000-
Current Doctoral Students
Joanna Elrick, SSRC Fellow, Spain & Portugal, “Black Religions with White Faces: the Creolization of Religious Belief and Cultural Practice in Colonial Brazil and Cuba, 1600-1800”
Angela Sutton, Fulbright Fellow, The Netherlands, “Slave Trade Piracy and the Culture of Lawlessness: Freebooting Encounters of the Atlantic Slave Trade in Africa and the Americas, 1621-1731”
Erin Woodruff, Fulbright Fellow, Spain, “Caciques, Slaves, and Maroons: Indigenous Resistance and Rebellion on Española, 1493-1519,”
Miriam Martin, ““Exiles and Immigrants, Los Negros Franceses: Black Militia Troops in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”
Daniel Genkins, pre-exams
Kara Schultz, pre-exams
MASTERS THESES DIRECTED: History
Eugene Berger, “People of the Pine: The Course of the War of Arauco and its Effects on Spanish Views of the Pehuenche,”2001
Lynne Guitar, “La Herencia Taína: the Role Played by Gender in the Preservation of Taíno Culture on Hispaniola,” 1994
Barry Robinson, “Biography of a Mexican “Indiada”: Popular and Personal Rebellion in the Colotlán region, 1810-1811,” 2001
John David Wheat, “Atlantic Africans in 18th-century Mobile,” 2003
Edward Wright-Rios, “Performing History—Preserving Culture: Nahuatl Theater in Colonial Mexico,” 1998
MASTERS THESES DIRECTED:Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Montie Pitts, “Forging Ethnic Identity through Faith: Religion and the Syrian-Lebanese Community in São Paulo,” 2006
Hamilton Bowman, “Silenced and Enclosed: the Impact of the Conquest on Aztec Women,” 2003
UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE SERVICE
A&S, International Strategy Committee, 2011-2012
A&S, Committee on Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011-2012
Vanderbilt Alumni Tours: Kenya, Cuba, Peruvian Amazon, Mexico, “Around the World,” 2005-2010
Writing Competitive Grant and Fellowship Applications Workshop for Graduate Students, 2010
Office of Honor Scholarships, Vanderbilt Scholarship Endorsement Committee, 2010
A&S, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions, 2006-09
Board of Trust Discussion Facilitator, International Strategy Session, “Bringing the World’s Best Students to Vanderbilt, 2008
Provost’s Graduate Fellowship Committee, 2007
A&S, Faculty Council, 2006-07
A&S, Program in Career Development, Board of Advisors, 2006-09
Center for Latin American Studies, Executive Council 2007; Director 2000-02; Executive Committee, 1995-97, 1999-2001; Evaluations Committee, NEH Summer Stipend, 1999-2002, 2008; Overseas Study Committee, 1999-2000, 2000-01; Affiliated Faculty, 1992-
Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign, Allocations Committee, 2006
Program in African American & Diaspora Studies, Affiliated Faculty 2005-
Provost’s Honor Scholarships Advisory Council, 2005
Honor Council Advisory Committee, 2005
American Studies Program, Commons Committee, 2006; Affiliated Faculty, 1992-
Organizer, Black Atlantic History Speakers Series, Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center, 2003-
Director, Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center, 2000-
Search Committee for Director of the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center, 2002
Provost’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty, 2000-
Overseas Study Abroad Committee, 2000-2002
Fulbright Committee, 1998-2002
Truman Scholarship Committee, 1998- 2002
Committee for African American Studies, 1999-2002
Freshmen Advising and Summer Academic Orientation Program, 1996-1999
Faculty Senate, 1999
Honor Council Board of Advisors, 1994-1997
Library Search Committee, History Bibliographer Position, 1994
Second Year Review Committee, 2012, 2011; Fourth Year Review Committee, 2012, 2011; History of Science Search Committee, 2011-12; Chair, International Collaborations, 2009-; VHS Committee, 2008-09; Graduate Committee, 2006-08; Lectures Committee, 2007; 2nd Year Review Committee, 2007; Tenure Committee, 2000-01; External Review Team, 1999; Senior U.S. History Search, 1998-99, 2000-01; Undergraduate Studies Committee, 1993-94, 1994-95, 2000-01; Lecture Series Committee, 1997-2001; Library Committee, 1992-94, 1996-97: Swint Prize Committee, 1992-93
Undergraduate lecture courses: Rise of the Iberian Atlantic Empires; Decline of the Iberian Atlantic Empires; Colonial Mexico; Subsaharan Africa, 1400-1800;
Undergraduate seminars: Africans in the Americas; African Resistance & Adaptation; Comparative Slavery; Pirates of the Caribbean; History Workshop;
Freshman writing seminar: Destruction of the Indies
Graduate seminars: Readings in Colonial Latin America; Gender & Women’s History in Colonial Latin America; Comparative Slavery; Atlantic World History; Dissertation Seminar; MLAS seminar, New Methods, New Discoveries, and New Interpretations in Slavery Studies; Latin American Studies Research Methods
American Historical Association
Association of Caribbean Historians
Brazilian Studies Association
Conference on Latin American History
Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction
Latin American Studies Association
Southern Historical Association & Latin American & Caribbean Section of the SHA
Spanish paleography; Portuguese paleography
Modern Spanish: Reading, Writing, Speaking – fluent
Portuguese, Reading, Writing, Speaking - good
French, Reading knowledge; Italian, Reading knowledge
Revised, May 29, 2012