Room H339, third floor of the Humanities Building
On study leave in 2019-20
- 2018- Associate Professor of Latin American History, University of Warwick
- 2013-18: Assistant Professor of Latin American History, University of Warwick
- 2012-2013: Lecturer in Latin American History, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
- 2009-2012: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, held at School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh (2011-12) and Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham (2009-11)
- 2007-2009: Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship (Rio de Janeiro and Havana)
- 2003-2007: Ph.D., History. Institute for the Study of Slavery, Department of History, University of Nottingham
- 2000-2001: M.A., Area Studies (Latin America): Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London
- 1996-2000: B.A. (Hons.), History & Spanish, Oxford University
My research has focused on slavery and abolition in the Americas and Atlantic World, and specifically Brazil and Cuba. My first book, Conceiving Freedom: Women of Colour, Gender and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), provides the first gendered comparative examination of the gradual abolition process which occurred simultaneously in Brazil and Cuba, the Americas’ last slaveholding territories. The book explores and compares both fundamental role of enslaved and freed women in each abolition process, particularly focusing on women's use of the emancipation laws. The book situates women's actions within a broader examination of the operation of gender within Atlantic abolitionist discourses and practices. Translations are currently under contract with Editorial de Ciencias Sociales (Havana, forthcoming February 2018) and Editora da UNICAMP (Campinas, Brazil, forthcoming 2018-19).
More recently, I have co-edited(with Maria Helena Machado, Diana Paton, and Emily West) two journal special editions entitled Mothering Slaves: Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies, which appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Women's History Review in 2017.
My second monograph, in progress, is entitled People Out of Place: Slavery, Space and Human Movement in Nineteenth-Century Cuba. It examines how human movement underpinned slave societies in legal, social and political terms. Articles and chapters related to this project have recently appeared in the Women's History Review and in the collection Orden político y gobierno de esclavos: Cuba en la época de la segunda esclavitud y de su legado, ed. José Antonio Piqueras (2016).
- AM101 Latin America: Themes and Problems (undergraduate first-year core module)
- AM220 "The Country of the Future?" Introduction to the History of Modern Brazil (undergraduate second-year option module)
- AM420 Space, Place and Movement in Atlantic Slave Societies: Brazil, Cuba and West Africa, 1791-1888 (undergraduate final-year Advanced Option module)
- I also do some teaching on the undergraduate module HI153, Making of the Modern World, and on the graduate modules HI997 (Themes in Global and Comparative History) and HI995 (Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Empire).
Conceiving Freedom: Women of Colour, Gender and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. Winner, Roberto Reis Prize (Brazilian Studies Association); finalist, Frederick Douglass Prize (Giler Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition). http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/12179.html
Edited journal collections
- "Mothering Slaves: Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies": Special edition of Slavery & Abolition, 38:2 (2017). Co-edited with Maria Helena Machado, Diana Paton, Emily West.
"Mothering Slaves: Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies": Special edition of Women’s History Review, 2017 [issue number tbc], co-edited with Maria Helena Machado, Diana Paton, Emily West.
Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
- “Gendered Geographies: Motherhood, Slavery, Law and Space in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” Women’s History Review, published online June 2017, volume and issue numbers forthcoming
- “Esclavitud, espacio físico y movilidad en Cuba, s. XIX,” in Orden político y gobierno de esclavos: Cuba en la época de la segunda esclavitud y de su legado, ed. José Antonio Piqueras (Valencia, Spain: Centro Francisco Tomás y Valiente UNED Alzira-Valencia, Fundación Instituto de Historia Social, 2016), 205-228
- “Bancando a liberdade, popularizando a política: abolicionismo e fundos locais de emancipação na década de 1880 no Brasil,” co-authored with Celso Castilho, translated by Marília Bueno de Araújo Ariza from the original “Funding Freedom, Popularizing Politics” (2010). Afro-Ásia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), 47 (2013): 161-97
- "As a Slave Woman and as a Mother: Women and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro," Caribbean special issue (ed. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara), Social History, 26:3 (August 2011), 294-311
- "Debating Womanhood, Defining Freedom: The Abolition of Slavery in Rio de Janeiro," Gender & History, 22:2 (August 2010): 284-301
- "Funding Freedom, Popularizing Politics: Abolitionism and Local Emancipation Funds in 1880s Brazil," co-authored with Celso Castilho, Luso-Brazilian Review, 47:1 (Spring 2010): 89-120 (winner of the Conference on Latin American History Vanderwood Prize, 2011)
- "Hard Work with the Mare Magnum of the Past: Nineteenth-Century Cuban History and the Miscelánea de Expedientes Collection," co-authored with Jorge L. Giovannetti, Cuban Studies/ Estudios Cubanos, 39 (2008): 60-84
- "Negotiating Freedom: Women of Colour and the Transition to Free Labour in Cuba, 1870-1886," Slavery and Abolition, 26:3 (December 2005): 373-87
- "Género y libertad: la transición hacia el trabajo libre en Cuba, 1870-1886," (translated by Silvia Cogollos), Memoria y sociedad (Bogotá, Colombia), 7:15 (November 2003): 81-7
- "Género y los sentidos de la libertad: mujeres esclavizadas y libertas en Cuba y Brasil, 1870-1888," in Emergiendo del silencio: mujeres negras en la Historia de Cuba, ed. Oilda Hevia (Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 2016)
- "‘Como escrava e como mãe’: mulheres e abolição em Havana e no Rio de Janeiro," in Tornando-se Livre: Agentes históricos e lutas sociais no processo de abolição, eds. Maria Helena Machado and Celso Castilho (São Paulo: EDUSP, 2015), 143-66
- “O fundo de emancipação ‘Livro de Ouro’ e as mulheres escravizadas: gênero, abolição e os significados da liberdade na Corte, anos 1880,” in Mulheres Negras no Brasil Escravista e do Pós-Emancipação, eds. Giovana Xavier, Juliana Barreto Farias and Flávio dos Santos Gomes, (São Paulo: Selo Negro Editora, 2012), 214-227
- "Hacia la libertad: mujeres, género y familia en la abolición de la esclavitud en Cuba, 1870-1886," in La dimensión familiar en Cuba: pasado y presente, vol. 2, ed. Ana Vera Estrada (Havana: Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello, 2007), 165-83
- "Negociando a liberdade: mulheres de cor e a transição para o trabalho livre em Cuba e no Brasil, 1870-1888," (translated by Mariana Dantas) in eds. Douglas Cole Libby and Júnia Ferreira Furtado, Trabalho livre, trabalho escravo: Brasil e Europa, séculos XVIII e XIX (São Paulo: Coleção Olhares, Annablume, 2006), 153-75
- Preface, Aisnara Perera Díaz and María de los Angeles Meriño, La cesión de patronato: una estrategia familiar en la emancipación de los esclavos en Cuba, 1870-1880 (San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba: Editorial Unicornio, 2009), ix-x
"As escravas sabiam usar as leis em seu favor," interview with Globo national newspaper, Brazil, 8 October 2015, p. 2: