Academic work

Below is a brief summary of my academic background (and my Women Also Know History participant page), scholarly publications, and links to recordings of recent seminar presentations.


2006-2010 PhD, History, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. Thesis title: ‘The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on the Hispanic Caribbean c. 1791-1830’.

2003-2005 MA History (Imperialism and Post-Colonial Societies), Birkbeck College, University of London. My dissertation examined the War of Reconquest 1808-09 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).

1994-98 ABJ Journalism (cum laude), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Book chapters, articles & reviews

‘The Dictator’s Scapegoat: Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi’s Invasiones haitianas de 1801, 1805 y 1822’ in Valdés (ed), Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean (SUNY, 2020).

‘Freedom over democracy in post-revolutionary Haiti, c. 1804-1844’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14701847.2020.1789376 (download PDF here)

Imagining the Hispanic Past: The De-Mexicanization of California, 1880-1930’, in J Mander, D Midgley and CD Beaule (eds) Transnational Perspectives on the Conquest and Colonization of Latin America (Routledge, 2019).

Book review: ‘Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba,’ H-LatAm, April 2019.

Book review: ‘Corruption in the Iberian Empires: Greed, Custom, and Colonial Networks,’ The Americas, 75:1, Jan 2018, pp. 201-202.

‘Fear and the spectre of Haiti in the Spanish Caribbean, 1820-22’ in G Paquette and M Brown (eds) Connections After Colonialism: The Reconfiguration of the Relations Between Europe and Latin America in the 1820s (University of Alabama, 2012).

‘Rebelión y miedo en Santiago de Cuba en el siglo XIX’ in Memorias de los Nuevos Talleres de Estudios Regionales y Locales (Urbanos), (Santa Clara, Cuba, 2010).

Book review: ‘Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America’, Atlantic Studies, 5:3, 2008, 403-404.

Recent talks & seminar papers

Listen to this paper: Book launch talk: El Norte, which I presented in October 2019 at the UCL Institute of the Americas Caribbean seminar.
• Steve Cushion commented on the book. Read his remarks here.

Listen to this paper: ‘Cuba is already ours’: Annexationists, filibusterers, and the United States’ struggle to buy Cuba, c. 1820-1898, which I presented in March 2017 at the UCL Institute of the Americas Caribbean seminar.

‘Caudillo and King: Haiti’s Two Paths to Democracy, c. 1806-1818’, Latin American Studies Association: International Congress XXXVII, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2019.

‘King and President: Self-fashioning in Early Haiti (c. 1807-1818)’, The Black Image in 19th Century Latin America, Visual Culture Studies Section, Pre-LASA Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2019.

‘La segunda batalla por el Caribe. Las potencias europeas y los Estados Unidos, 1850-1900’, (invited magistral/keynote), Universidad Autónoma de México (Mérida), August 2018.

‘Imagining Black Republics: Haiti, Cuba, and Puerto Rico c. 1898-1915’, Visualizing Blackness in Latin America & the Caribbean , 16th-19th Centuries, ILAS/Senate House, London, May 2018.

‘The question of race in the struggle for democracy in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, c. 1844-1900’, Latin American Studies Association: International Congress XXXVI, Barcelona, Spain, May 2018.