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Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization
I joined the Tufts History Department in 2011 after teaching for more than ten years at Fordham University. My research concentrates on two broad areas: the history of slavery and emancipation in the Hispanic world and the history of politics and ideas in the Spanish empire, especially during the imperial crises of the nineteenth century. I have recently embarked on a new work, a study of Spanish prisoners of war during the resistance against French rule (1808-1814) and the independence struggles in Spanish America (1810-1830). My hope is that this study of captivity on both sides of the Atlantic will bring new insights into Spanish ideas of freedom in imperial and national frameworks, a theme that I have pursued since my first book on Spanish abolitionism. Presently, I am editing and annotating the 400-page unpublished diary of the Spanish prisoner of war Fernando Blanco y Crespo, who recounted his dramatic escape from captivity in France during the waning days of Napoleon Bonaparte's rule.
Over the years I have developed several courses on Spanish, Caribbean, and Atlantic history. Since arriving at Tufts, I have offered surveys of Spanish history from the era of overseas expansion until the present day (HIST 66 & 67), an upper-level course on Caribbean history (HIST 118), and a research seminar on Slavery & Freedom in the Atlantic World (HIST 190), which I will also offer as a thematic course in the coming years. On the graduate level, I look forward to working with students interested in approaching Spanish, Caribbean, and Latin American history from Atlantic and global perspectives. Learn about the Ph.D. in Global History program.
I serve on the editorial board of three journals: the recently founded Bulletin for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies, Illes i Imperis/Islands and Empires (published at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona), and Social History, for which I have edited two special issues, one on contemporary Spanish historiography (August 2004) and the other on emancipation in the Caribbean (August 2011).
I hosted the annual conference of the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies at Tufts, March 22-25, 2012. The program can be found here.
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