History from below. To turn the world upside-down.
"You are all together, in the same boat, sailing on the same uncertain sea… "
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AS A HISTORIAN,
I am interested in the ways people have seized control of their lives by carving out spaces of freedom within and against an unfree world. I specialize in the Caribbean region of Latin America in the seventeenth century, a key chapter in the story of capitalism, racism, and colonialism that continues to the present day. I do not believe it is enough to interpret this world; the point is to change it. My current research explores the extent to which common people were able to make their own history within the confines of the colonial Caribbean. I look at the moment of transition to capitalist plantation slavery not from the perspective of the present world which is its legacy, but rather from the perspective of the world made by masterless people whose way of life was its first and most fundamental casualty.
AS A TEACHER,
I emphasize the connections that structured and continue to structure our world, empowering students to see and to think critically about the human relationships embodied in the objects and ideas around them. I highlight the great diversity of ways in which human beings have related to one another, cultivating a sense of history and refusing to forget that another world remains possible. I have completed comprehensive examinations in the teaching fields of Caribbean, Latin American, Atlantic, and World history, and I have also taught European and United States history.