Updated on 25 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 two resources, 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, TABOR Foundation, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, University of Colorado at Boulder, among others.
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