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Diana Reigelsperger

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Description of Research

Diana Reigelsperger is an assistant professor of history at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. Her most recent publication is “Pirate, Priest, and Slave: Spanish Florida in the 1668 Searles Raid,” Florida Historical Quarterly 92, no. 3 (Winter 2014): 577-590. Her dissertation examines the dynamics of race and immigration in colonial Florida as the Spanish vied for control of the region with other European powers. She is currently revising this research into a book manuscript that examines dual facets of colonial life in Florida: conflict and trade.

Diana serves as a guest speaker for the Florida Humanities Council educator workshops and the FHC Speakers Bureau. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in Latin American history. She received her master’s degree in history and a graduate certificate in Latin American studies from the University of Florida as well. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Flagler College.