Curriculum Vitae

ORCID – https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3875-1670
Updated on 22 October 2019

My research focuses on the political, economic and cultural history of Africa and the African diaspora. I teach courses related to Africa, revolutions, slavery and abolition. I received a B.A. in Drama from Queen’s University, an M.A. in Latin American History from York University, and another M.A. and a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from the University of California, Los Angeles. My first book, Prieto: Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions, is a biography of an enslaved African who rose through the ranks of Spain’s colonial military and eventually led a socio-religious institution at the root of an African-Cuban religion, commonly known as Santería. My work engages digital humanities methodologies and I am currently directing three websites, http://www.yorubadiaspora.org;  www.SlaveryImages.org; and www.LiberatedAfricans.org. My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, University of Colorado at Boulder, among others.

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