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Dr Liana Beatrice Valerio

About Me

Teaching Fellow in History, specialising in the History of the Americas, the History of Slavery, and the History of Emotions.

My research focusses on slavery in the United States and Cuba. My book project (an adaptation of my doctoral thesis, currently in progress) explores the strategy of prolific white enslavers who utilised and performed emotion in their odious attempts to perpetuate enslavement well into the nineteenth century.
My book project theorises that confidence and fear – the emotions it principally considers – were deployed strategically by White enslaving men in Cuba and South Carolina to deflect criticism; to imbue the sadistic violence they enacted upon enslaved individuals with intentional emotional messages; to reassure investors and enslavers of the economic reliability of slave societies; and to fiercely reaffirm White supremacy following incidents of revolt and rebellion. The determination to control and censor the emotional narrative surrounding enslavement was of paramount importance to nineteenth century enslavers, and it was a fundamental facet of their brutality.

Teaching 2023/4

Making of the Modern World (HI153)
A History of the United States (HI111)

Previous Teaching at Warwick

Space, Place and Movement in Atlantic Slave Societies: Brazil, Cuba, and West Africa, 1791-1888 (HI3S9)
Latin America: Themes and Problems (HI115)

Professional Profile

2023 - Present | Teaching Fellow in History, University of Warwick
2022 | Lecturer in Histories of the Global South, De Montfort University
2021 - 2022 | Teaching Fellow in Latin American History, University of Warwick
2020 - 2021 | Research Assistant, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the AmericasLink opens in a new window

Published Articles

Book Reviews

Academic Background

2015 - 2019 University of Warwick, (PhD) History. Co-supervised by Professor Tim Lockley & Dr Camillia Cowling.
2014 - 2015 University of Oxford, St Antony's College, (MSt) U.S. History.
2009 - 2013 University of Warwick, BA (Hons) History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas.


Within Warwick | Latin America at Warwick Network (LAWN); Global History Research Centre (GHCC).
Other | British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH); Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH); Cuba Research Forum (University of Nottingham).

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Dr Liana Beatrice Valerio

Liana dot Valerio at warwick dot ac dot uk
Faculty of Arts 3.78

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