I am a historian of colonial Latin America by training, but I have a strong teaching interest in the modern period as well. My interests include slavery and the African Diaspora, the Inquisition and popular religion, and revolutionary movements.
PhD History, University of Texas at Austin.
MA Latin American Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
BA Metropolitan State College of Denver. Major: History; Minor: African American Studies.
2014 Africans into Creoles: Slavery, Ethnicity, and Identity in Colonial Costa Rica. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2018 "Deathbed and Other Whispered Promises: Masters, Slaves, and Contested Manumission in Colonial Nicaragua.” Colonial Latin American Review 27, no. 4 (2018): 452-468.
2013 "La Negrita, Queen of the Ticos: The Black Roots of Costa Rica’s Patron Saint.” The Americas 69, no. 3 (January 2013): 323-355.
2010 "Mexico and Central America.” In Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas, edited by Robert Paquette and Mark Smith, pp. 46-67. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2010 "Cacao and Slavery in Matina, Costa Rica, 1650-1750.” In Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place, edited by Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe, pp. 57-91. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2005 “Africans in a Colony of Creoles: The Yoruba in Colonial Costa Rica.” In The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, edited by Toyin Falola and Matt D. Childs, pp. 130-156. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
2002 "Slave Trade Nomenclature and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Evidence from Early Eighteenth-Century Costa Rica.” Slavery & Abolition 23, no. 3 (December 2002): 73-92.
2001 "Reconciling Freedom with the Rights of Property: Slave Emancipation in Colombia, 1821-1852, with Special Reference to La Plata.” Journal of Negro History 86, no. 3 (summer 2001): 203-227.
I teach the following courses:
Introduction to Latin America: Conquest, Colonization, and Rebellion
Marxism and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Latin America
History of Central America
The Inquisition in Iberia and Latin America
Latin America and the United States
Struggles for Democracy in Modern Latin America, 1820 to the Present
The Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009