Ben Vinson III professor of Latin American History & Director of the Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University Current Work Addresses



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Ben Vinson III is Professor of Latin American History and Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is a specialist on issues of race in Latin America, particularly Mexico. Although trained as a colonial Latin Americanist, his research interests and publications include contemporary African-American/Afro-Latino relations, 20th century African-American/Mexican relations, the history of transnationalism, and the African Diaspora. His major publications include: Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2001), Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004), Afroméxico (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004, co-authored with Bobby Vaughn), African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean 2nd edition, (Oxford University Press, 2007, co-authored with Herbert Klein), Black Mexico (Univ. of New Mexico Press, forthcoming, co-authored with Matthew Restall), and Expanding the Diaspora: Africans to Colonial Latin America (Univ. of Illinois Press, forthcoming, co-authored with Sherwin Bryant and Rachel O’Toole). In addition to these books, he has edited several special journal issues, and has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews. He has also published in newspapers such as the Raleigh News & Observer, the New York Post, El Aguila del Hudson Valley, the Patriot-News (Harrisburg P.A.) and the San Diego Union Tribune. Professor Vinson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998 and his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1992.

November 19, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

Ben Vinson III

Professor of Latin American History & Director of the Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University




Current Work Addresses:
Center for Africana Studies
Greenhouse 118
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Department of History
Gilman Hall 312
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


Degrees in Higher Education


1992-1998 -Columbia University, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. in Latin American History, (distinction)

1988-1992 -Dartmouth College, A.B., Double Major in History and Classical Studies, (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Professional Experience in Higher Education

2006-present -Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of History, Professor

2002-2006 -Penn State University, Dept. of History, Associate Professor

1999-2002 -Barnard College, Dept. of History, Assistant Professor


Visiting Scholar Appointments

2005 (Summer) -Institute of Latin American Studies, UNC Chapel Hill

2004 (Summer) -Institute of Latin American Studies, UNC Chapel Hill

Academic and Professional Honors

2005-2006 -National Humanities Center Fellowship (Research Triangle)

1996-1997 -SSRC-Mellon Supplemental Research Fellowship

1995-1996 -Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship.

1994-1997 -President's Fellow, Columbia Univ.

1993-1998 -Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow.

1992-1993 -George Edmund Haynes Fellow, Columbia Univ.

1992-1993 -Hofstader Fellow, Columbia Univ.



Current Membership in Professional Societies

-The Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

-The Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)

-The American Historical Association (AHA)

-The Future of Minority Studies (FMS)

-Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

-The Black Diaspora Consortium (BDC)

Graduate Dissertation Committees

-Elizabeth A. Johnson, Ora et Labora: Labor Transitions on Benedictine and Carmelite Properties in Colonial São Paulo, Dept. of History, October 16, 2008, Johns Hopkins University

-Kellin Stanfield, Essays on Regional and Industrial Pay Disparities in Mexico, Dept. of Economics, December 17, 2007, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


-Bedelia Richards, West Indian Roots and American Branches: Ethnicity, School Context and Academic Engagement Among Afro-Caribbean Students, Dept. of Sociology, December 12, 2007, Johns Hopkins University.

-Carmen Alveal, Converting Land into Property in the Portuguese Atlantic World, 16th -18th Centuries, Dept. of History, October 12, 2007, Johns Hopkins University.

-Jason Frederick, The Landscape of Conflict: Community and Discontent in Colonial Papantla, 1750-1800, Dept. of History, April 27, 2004, Penn State University.

-Jaime Rodriguez, A Divided City: Monterrey 1870-1910, Dept. of History, April 30, 2004, Columbia University.

-Joshua Rosenthal, La Salina de Chita, 1821-1900: Fiscal Policy and Local Power in Provincial Colombia, Dept. of History, March 27, 2001, Columbia University.

-Andrea Ruíz-Esquide, From Mapuche Frontier to Chilean Province: A History of Malleco in the Second Half of the 19th Century, Dept. of History, May 9, 2000, Columbia University.

-Nora Jaffary, Deviant Orthodoxy, Dept. of History, Sept. 9, 1999, Columbia University.

-Miguel Leon, Los Caballeros de Huanuco, Dept. of History, Feb. 26, 1999, Columbia University.



Graduate Orals Committees

-Uttamjeet Bajwa, April 19, 2007 (Johns Hopkins University)

-Robert Schwaller, October 19, 2005 (Penn State University)

-Vania Markariam, February 23, 2001 (Columbia, History Dept.)

-Christopher Ebert, May 10, 2000 (Columbia, History Dept.)

-Antonio Espinosa, May 14, 1999 (Columbia, History Dept.)




Publications and Creative Work



Books/Monographs

2007 -African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2nd Edition, (co-authored with Herbert S.

Klein, Oxford University Press, 2007. (Version in Spanish published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2008)

2004 -Flight: The Life of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico, Palgrave-MacMillan Press,

2004.

2004 -Afroméxico: El pulso de la poblacion negra en México, una historia recordada, olvidada y vuelta a recordar (co-authored with Bobby Vaughn), Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004.



2001 -Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico, Stanford University Press, 2001 (paperback edition, 2004).

Edited Volumes and Edited Editions of Journals


2006 -Guest editor for a special issue of The Americas entitled: “The African Diaspora in the Colonial Andes,” Vol. 63, No. 1 (July 2006).

2004 -Guest co-editor for a special issue of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History entitled: “The New African Diasporic Military History in Latin America,” Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2004).



Journal Articles


2006 -“African (Black) Diaspora History, Latin American History—A Comment,” The Americas, Vol. 63, No. 1 (July 2006), 1-18.

2005 -“Afro-Mexican History: Trends and Directions in Scholarship,” History Compass, Vol. 3, LA 156 (September 2005), 1-14.

2005 -“Fading From Memory: Historiographical Reflections on the Afro-Mexican Experience,” Review of Black Political Economy, Summer (2005), 65-78.

2004 -“Introducing the New African Diasporic Military History in Latin America,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2004), co-authored with Stewart R. King.

2004 -“Articulating Space: The Free-Colored Military Establishment in Colonial Mexico from the Conquest to Independence,” Callaloo, Vol. 27, No. 1, (February 2004), 150-171; Spanish translation of the article appears on pages 331-354.

2002 -“Counting Heads: Race and Non-Native Tribute Policy in Colonial Spanish America,” The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 3, No.3, (2002), 1-18, co-authored with Cynthia Milton.

2001 -“La categorización racial de los afromexicanos durante la época colonial: una revision basada en evidencia referente a las milicias,” in Memorias de la academia Mexicana de la historia correspondiente de la real de Madrid vol. XLIV (2001), 27-53.

2000 -“Los milicianos pardos y la construcción de la raza en el México colonial,” Signos históricos, Vol. 2, No. 4 (July-December, 2000), 87-106.

2000 -The Racial Profile of a Rural Mexican Province in the ‘Costa Chica’: Igualapa in 1791,” The Americas, Vol. 57, No. 2, (October 2000), 269-282.

2000 -“Race and Badge: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico,” The Americas, Vol. 56, No. 4 (April, 2000), 471-496.

1995 -“Free-Colored Voices: Issues of Representation and Racial Identity in the Colonial Mexican Militia,” The Journal of Negro History Vol. 80, No.4 (Fall, 1995): 170-182.
Chapters in Books/Anthologies

2007 -“Unfinished Migrations: From the Mexican South to the American South,” in Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean, Darién J. Davis, ed., (Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield, 2007), 223-245, co-authored with Bobby Vaughn.

2005 -“Estudiando las razas desde la periferia: las castas olvidadas del sistema colonial mexicano (lobos, moriscos, coyotes, moros y chinos), in Pautas de convivencia étnica en la America Latina colonial (Indios, negros, mulattos, pardos y esclavos), Juan Manuel de la Serna Herrera, ed. (Mexico City: UNAM, 2005), 247-307.

2005 -“Black Soldiers, Native Soldiers: Meanings of Military Service in the Spanish American Colonies,” in Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America, Matthew Restall, ed. (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2005), 15-52, co-authored with Matthew Restall.

2005 -“Los milicianos pardos y la relación estatal durante el siglo XVIII en México,” in Furezas militares en Iberoamérica, Siglos XVIII y XIX, Juan Ortíz Escamilla, ed. (Mexico City: El Colegio de México, El Colegio de Michoacán, and la Universidad Veracruzana, 2005), 47-60.

2001 -“La dinámica social de la raza: los milicianos pardos de Puebla en el siglo XVIII,” in Pardos, mulatos y libertos, sexto encuentro de afromexicanistas, Adriana Naveda Chávez-Hita ed. (Veracruz, Mexico: Universidad Veracruzana, 2001), 61-78.

1996 -“Las compañías milicianas de pardos y morenos en la Nueva España, un Aporte para su Estudio,” in Población y estructura urbana en México. Siglos XVIII y XIX Carmen Blázquez Domínguez, Carlos Contreras Cruz and Sonia Pérez Toledo eds. (Veracruz, Mexico, Universidad Veracruzana, 1996), 239-250.

Reviews

2004 -Review of Herman Bennett, Africans in Colonial Mexico, in The American Historical Review Vol. 109, No. 4 (October, 2004): 1275-1276.

2004 -Review of Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora, edited by Linda Heywood, in Hispanic American Historical Review Vol. 84, No. 1 (2004): 123-125.

2004 -Review of Stephen Brumwell, Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763, in The Historian Vol. 66, No. 1 (2004): 183-184.

2003 -Review of Negros, mulattos, zambaigos: Derroteros Africanos en los mundos ibéricos, edited by Berta Ares Queija and Alessandro Stella, in Colonial Latin American Review Vol. 12, No. 1 (2003): 110-112.

2003 -Review of Rina Cáceres, Negros, mulatos, esclavos y libertos en la Costa Rica del siglo XVII, in Ethnohistory Vol. 50, No. 4 (2003): 758-761.

2002 -Review of Stewart R. King, Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue, in The American Historical Review Vol. 107, No. 5 (December, 2002): 1064-1065.

2002 -Review of Maria Elena Diaz, The Virgin, the King and the Royal Slaves of El Cobre, in Ethnohistory, Vol. 49, No. 4 (Fall, 2002): 893-896.

2002 -Review of David Eltis, The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas, in The Hispanic American Historical Review Vol. 82, No. 1 (February, 2002): 139-141.

1999 -Review of Philip Howard, Changing History, Afro-Cuban Cabildos in the 19th Century, in The Americas Vol. 56, No. 2 (October, 1999): 293-295.


Working Papers


2002 -“Studying Race from the Margins: The “Forgotten Castes,” Lobos, Moriscos, Coyotes, Moros, and Chinos in the Colonial Mexican Caste System,” International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard Univ., 2002.

Invited Lectures and Presentations (1998-current)


(International Lectures)

2006 -XVIII Feria del Libro de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City, Sept. 7-15, 2006. Lecture Presented: Crossing Borders: African-American and Afro-Mexican Migration in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

2001 -Afro-America XXI Workshop and Lecture Series, Cali, Colombia, Aug. 5-8, 2001. Workshops and lectures given: 1) The Evolution and Historical Formation of Afro-Latin American Identity 2) The Global Hip-Hop Movement and its Effect for Afro-Latin Americans 3) The Meaning of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement for Afro-Latin Americans 4) U.S. African-American Historical Experiences and Afro-Latin American Historical Experiences in Comparative Context

(National Lectures)

2008 -The Reginald F. Lewis Museum for African American History and Culture. Black History Month Lecture Series. Feb. 9th, 2008. Paper Presented: “The Origins Of Multiculturalism—Perspectives from the Shared History of African Americans and Afromexicans.”

2008 -Oregon State University. Carson Lecture Series. Feb. 7th, 2008. Paper Presented: “Blackness Beyond Borders—The Transnational Experiences of African Americans, Mexicans and Afromexicans.”

2007 -University of Maryland, College Park. History Graduate Student Seminar Series. November 28, 2007. Paper Presented: “Unraveling the Forgotten Castes of Mexico: Lobos, Moriscos, Coyotes, and Chinos.”

2007 - National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Afro-Mexican Studies Symposium. November 3, 2007. Paper Presented: “Black and Brown, Then and Now: Transnational Blackness in Mexico.”

2007 -St. John’s University, October 19th, 2007. Lecture Presented: “The Life and Times of Virgil Richardson.

2007 -Jackson State University, Committee on the Field of Africana Studies at Jackson State, May 14th-16th 2007. Lecture Presented: “Africana Studies and the African Diaspora, Institutional Models.”

2007 -University of Delaware History Workshop, April 26, 2007. Lecture Presented: “Understanding Caste in Colonial Mexico.”


2007 -Johns Hopkins University Society of Black Alumni Faculty Symposium, April 21, 2007. Lecture Presented: “Researching the Black Presence in Mexico.”

2007 -Jonathan Jasper Wright Institute Spring Symposium on African American Scholarship: New Directions for the 21st Century, April 14, 2007. Lecture Presented: “The Border as a Transnational Space: African-American and Mexican Historical Connections.”

2007 -3rd International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Washington State University, March 1-3, 2007. Keynote Lecture Presented: “Crossing Borders: Afromexicans, African-Americans, and Shared Histories of Race and Nation.”


2007 -Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Black History Month Keynote Address, February 28, 2007. Lecture Presented: “Engaging the New Diversity: An Historian's Comment.”

2007 -Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University, K-12 Teachers’ Professional Development Workshop on Black History in the Americas. Workshop Hosted: “Looking Through Mirrors—Understanding Race in the United States and Blackness in Mexico.”


2007 -Center for Latin American Studies Seminar Series, Vanderbilt University, February 8, 2007. Lecture Presented: “Black Experiences in Mexico: Historical Reflections.”

2006 -3rd Annual Baltimore Summit on Immigration, Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, November 17, 2006. Lecture Presented: “Building Bridges: Race and Immigration in Modern America.”

2006 -History Department Book Symposia Series, Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Sept. 28, 2006. Lecture Presented: Afro-Latin America—Reflections on a Tome.


2006 -Praxis, Resilience and Intellectual Engagement: SSRC, Mellon-Mays Summer Conference at Barnard College. June 13-16, 2006. Keynote Lecture Presented: “Pages from the Notebook of a Mellon Mays Historian.”

2006 -UNC Chapel Hill, Seminar on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America. Lecture Presented: Structural Issues of Racial Inequality in Afro-Mexican History from Colonial to Modern Times.

2006 -Mexican Fine Arts Museum of Chicago, Exhibition—The African Presence in Mexico from Yanga to the Present. April 1, 2006. Lecture Presented: Black Military Service in Colonial Mexico.

2006 -The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visiting Artist Program, Spring 2006 Lecture Series. Feb. 23, 2006. Panel participant for: The Critical Front.

2006 -National Humanities Center Lecture Series, Jan. 12, 2006. Lecture Presented: Unraveling Caste in Colonial Mexico.

2005 -Institute of African American Research Speaker Series, UNC Chapel Hill, Feb. 15, 2005. Lecture Presented: Flight: The Life of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico (held at the Bull’s Head Bookshop)

2005 -Bolívar House Speaker Series, Stanford University, Jan. 28, 2005. Lecture Presented: Re-evaluating Race in 18th Century Mexico.

2004 -Lelfler Lecture Series, Carleton College, Oct. 20-22, 2004. Lecture Presented: Shadings of Black—Afro-Mexicans and the Caste System.

2004 -Sahlins Lecture Series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 4, 2004. Lecture Presented: Historiographical Reflections on Afro-Mexican History.

2004 -Black History Month Speaker Series, University of Texas, El Paso, Feb. 3, 2004. Lecture Presented: Black Mexicans and African Americans in Mexico: Black History and Transnational Ties.

2003 -The Black Atlantic Seminar Series, Rutgers University, Sept. 25, 2003. Lecture Presented: Black American Yankees on Montezuma’s Soil.

2003 -1st Annual New York City Area Mellon Undergraduate Program Conference, April 11, 2003. Keynote Lecture: Mellon Signposts into the 21st Century

2003 -UNC Charlotte Dept. of African-American Studies, Black History Month Program, Feb. 20, 2003. 1) Keynote lecture: The Black Diaspora Paradigm Through the Eyes of Afro-Mexico, 2) Workshop discussant: The State of the Black Diaspora Paradigm.

2003 -The UNC-Chapel Hill Race-ing Research, Researching Race Seminar Series, Jan. 22, 2003. Lecture Presented: Black Soldiers and the African Diaspora in Mexico—Reflections from Colonial to Modern Times.

2002 -The University of Pennsylvania, Latino Heritage Month Speakers, October 15, 2002. Lecture Presented: Blacks and Bayonets: A Re-evaluation of Colonial Mexican Military History.

2002 -North Carolina Central University, Dept. of History Speakers Series, April 22, 2002. Lecture Presented: Mexican Colonial Institutions and the Black Image.

2002 -Duke University Mellon Fellows Workshop, April 21, 2002. Informal Lecture/Workshop: Activism and the Academy.

2001 -The Pennsylvania State University History Dept. and Latin American Studies Program Lecture Series, Nov. 9, 2001. Lecture Presented: Black Soldiers in Colonial Mexico—An Historical Overview.

2001 -The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, Oct. 5, 2001. Lecture Presented: Virgil Richarson—A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico.

2001 -The Northern Virginia Geographic Alliance Keynote Presentation, April 22, 2001. Lecture Presented: Mapping the Human Geography of Afro-Mexico.

2001 -The University of Hawaii, Manoa, Dept. of History, March 16, 2001. Lecture Presented: Black Soldiers in Colonial Mexico, Methodological Issues and Research Results from the Field.

2001 -The University of Hawaii, Manoa, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, March 15, 2001. Lecture Presented: Black Mexico in Historical Perspective.

2001 -The UNC-Chapel Hill Demography and Inequality Seminar, February 26, 2001. Lecture Presented: Historical Evolution of Afro-Mexico—from Colony to PRI.

2000 -The UNC-Chapel Hill Demography and Inequality Seminar, November 7, 2000. Lecture Presented: From Caste to Freedom: Free-blacks, Identity, and the Construction of the Caste System in Latin America.

2000 -Cameron Elementary School Graduation Keynote, Alexandria, Virginia, June 12, 2000. Lecture Presented: The Principles of Achievement: Academic Success in the New Millennium.

1999 -The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 25, 1999. Panel: “African Mexicans: From the Colonial Period to the Present.” Lecture Presented: Afro-Mexican Soldiers: An Assessment of the Colony.

1999 -Minneapolis Community and Technical College, September 24, 1999. Panel: “The African Legacy in Mexico.” Lecture Presented: Mexico’s Blacks and the Colonial Experience.

1998 -Dartmouth College, November 6, 1998. Lecture Presented: Surviving Mellon and Beyond: An Address to the Dartmouth College Body of Mellon Fellows, November 6, 1998.



(Local Lectures)

2005 -Breaking the Silences Freedom Panel, Feb. 22, 2005. Paper Presented: Slavery as Freedom and Freedom as Slavery, A View from Latin America.

2001 -The Barnard College Forum on Migration, Nov. 29th, 2001. Lecture Presented: Crossing Borders: Black Soldiers in the African Diaspora—(Colonial Mexico and 20th Century Black Expatriates in Mexico).

2000 -The Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies, Columbia Univ., Brown Bag Lecture Series, November 14, 2000. Lecture Presented: Shades of Blackness: Afro-Mexico in Historical Context.

1999 -The Columbia University Lifelong Learners Program, October 29, 1999. Lecture Presented: Black Mexico: Historical Perspectives and 20th Century Experiences.

1999 -The IRAAS Conversations Series, Columbia University, Feb. 26, 1999. Lecture Presented: Afro-Mexicans in Uniform: Racial Identity and the Militia in Colonial Mexico.


Conferences (Presentations and Moderated Sessions, 1998-current)


(International Conferences and Seminars)

2008 -Diáspora, Nación y Diferencia: Poblaciones de origen africano en México y Centroamérica, June 10-13, 2008, Veracruz, Mexico. Paper Presented: Moriscos y Lobos en México colonial.

2007 -International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825, “The Struggle for the Americas, 1500-1763,” Harvard University, August 7-14, 2007, Session Chaired, Race and Military Defense.

2006 -The Latin American Studies Association Meeting, March 15-18, 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2 Sessions chaired: Commonalities and Differences in Mexican Regional History from Colonial to Modern Times (also organizer of this panel); and Ethnicity, State, and Nation in the Long Nineteenth Century.

2004 -The Southeastern Conference on Latin American History, SECOLAS Annual Conference, Santo Domingo, March 4-6, 2004. Paper Presented: Remembering the Forgotten Castes: Lobos, Moriscos, Chinos and Coyotes in Colonial Mexico.

2003 -XI Conference of Mexican and North American Historians, Monterrey, Mexico, Oct. 1-4, 2003. Paper presented: The Census Speaks: Central New Spain’s Lobos, Moriscos, and Coyotes in the Late 18th Century.

2002 -International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, The Structure of Colonial Societies,1500-1825, Harvard Univ., Aug. 6-14, 2002. Paper presented: Studying Race from the Margins: The “Forgotten Castes,” Lobos, Moriscos, Coyotes, Moros, and Chinos in the Colonial Mexican Caste System.

2000 -I Congreso Internacional Sobre Fuerzas Militares en Iberoamérica, Siglos XVIII y XIX, Veracruz, Mexico, Oct. 24-27, 2000. Paper presented: Free-Colored Militiamen and Relationships with the State in 18th Century Mexico.

1999 -X Conference of Mexican and North American Historians: Migrations in North American History, Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas, Nov. 19-22, 1999. Paper presented: Pardo Militiamen and the Construction of Race in Colonial Mexico.

1999 -International Reunion of the African Family in Latin America, held in San José de Barlovento, Venezuela, July 6-12, 1999. Two papers presented: Fighting Whose Wars? Black Soldiers in Colonial Latin America; and Cash and Power: The Economic and Political Contributions of Blacks in Colonial Latin America.



(National Conferences)

2008 -The Diasporic Kaleidoscope: New Approaches to African Diaspora Studies, November 8-9, 2008, North Carolina Central University. Paper Presented: Blackness Across Borders: Afro-Americans in Mexico. Also served as commentator for the panel: Colorisms in Latin America.

2008 -Callaloo Symposium on Afro-Mexico, Oct. 22-24, 2008. Commentator for the panel: Contemporary Afro-Mexico.

2008 - Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Oct. 1-5, 2008. Paper Presented: Lobos and Moriscos in Colonial New Spain.

2008 -American Historical Association 122nd Annual Meeting, Jan. 3-6, 2008, Commentator for the Panel: Free People of African Descent in the Americas: Explorations of Racial Identity.

2007 -Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), October 3-7, 2007, Charlotte, NC. Paper Presented: In the Business of Race: Free-Colored Labor Patterns in Late Colonial Mexico.

2007 -MURAP Conference Afro-Latino Relations: Collision or Coalition, July 201-21, UNC Chapel Hill, Paper Presented: Crossing Borders:  African American and Afro-Mexican Experiences.

2007 -Mellon-Mays Fellows Summer Conference, June 13-15, 2007, Workshop facilitator for panel on conducting field research.

2007 -Constructing Race and Identity in Latin America, March 23, 2007, Johns Hopkins University. Discussant for the panel Race and Blackness in Mexico.

2007 - American Historical Association 121st Annual Meeting, Jan. 4-7, Atlanta, Chair for the panel: Approaching New Subjectivities: African-American/Latino Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

2007 - American Historical Association 121st Annual Meeting, Jan. 4-7, Atlanta, Chair for the panel: Hapa/Mestizaje/Metis: Comparative Histories of Interracial Sex and Identities in Hawai’i, Mexico, and West-Central Africa.

2006 -American Historical Association 120th Annual Meeting (Conference on Latin America Subcommittee), Jan. 5-8, Philadelphia, Chair for the panel: New Directions in Mexican History, Emerging Trends in Scholarship, and chair for the panel: Indigenous Conquistadors and Ethnic Transformation in Oaxaca, Guatemala, and Nueva Galicia.

2005 - American Historical Association 119th Annual Meeting (Conference on Latin America Subcommittee), Jan. 7-9, 2005, Seattle, Chair for the panel: Mexican History in the 21st Century, New Questions, Old Problems.

2005 -American Historical Association 119th Annual Meeting (Conference on Latin America Subcommittee), Jan. 7-9, 2005, Seattle, Discussant for the panel: Henry Louis Gates on Latin America.

2005 -American Historical Association 119th Annual Meeting, Jan. 7-9, 2005, Seattle, Commentator and chair for the panel: Race, Caste, and Religion in Colonial Latin America: New Approaches to Identity Formation.

2004 -Conference: Between Race and Place, Blacks and Blackness in Central America and the Mainland Caribbean, Tulane University, Nov. 12-13, 2004. Paper Presented: Fringe Operations of the Mexican Caste System in the late 18th Century—The Revillagigedo Census.

2004 -The Latin American Studies Association Meeting, Oct. 6-10, 2004, Las Vegas, Commentator and presenter. Paper Presented: Blackness, Modernity, and Immigration in Mexico.

2004 -American Historical Association 118th Annual Meeting, Jan. 8-11, 2004, Washington D.C., Commentator for the panel: Race, Empire and the Military: Militias of Color in Colonial Central America, Brazil, and Cuba.

2003 -Conference on War and Citizenship in Latin America, held at UT Austin, April 4, 2003. Paper presented: Articulating Space: The Free-Colored Military Establishment in Colonial Mexico from the Conquest through Independence.

2003 -Duke University/Congressman Price Informational Roundtable on Affirmative Action, held at Duke Univ., Feb. 5, 2003. Discussant.

2003 -Roundtable workshop entitled: Social Landscapes, Military Frontiers, and Racial Borders: Reinterpreting the Military and the Contours of the Latin American State in the 18th and 19th centuries, UNC Chapel Hill, Institute of Latin American Studies, Jan. 15, 2003. Paper presented: Black and Native Frontier Identity in the Context of Military Service in Mexico.

2003 -117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, Jan. 2-5, 2003. Commentator for the panel: Race to the End of Empire: The Racial Dimensions of Royal Policy in Late Colonial Spanish America.

2002 -Engaging North America: Interrogating the African Heritage in Mexico, The Institute of African American Research, UNC-Chapel Hill, March 26-27, 2002. Paper Presented: Afro-Mexico's Colonial Heritage: An Examination of Military Participation and its Meaning for Racial Identity

2001 -The 7th Annual Blacks in the Diaspora Student Academic Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, February 23-24, 2001. Moderator for the panel: Beyond the United States.

2001 -The 115th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, Jan. 4-7, 2001. Paper presented: Visions of Power: State Relationships and the Historical Evolution of the Mexican Free-Colored Militia.

1999 -White House Briefing on the Afro-Latino Community, held in Washington D.C., Sept. 15-17, 1999. Discussant on the Organization of Africans in the Americas Info-Panel at Gallaudet Univ.

1999 -Enhancing Academic Diversity -- Mellon Fellows in the New Millennium, held at Brown University, June 24-27, 1999. Co-Chair, panel on dissertation writing. Moderator for two session panels.

1999 -113th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., Jan. 7-10, 1999. Paper presented: The Intersections of Race: Free-Black Militiamen in Colonial Mexico.

1998 -Empowering Communities Through Discourse and Action—Ford Foundation Annual Conference of Fellows, held at the Arnold Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA, October 16-17, 1998. Paper presented: Free-Colored Soldiers in the Colonial Mexican Militia.

1998 -The Latin American Studies Association Meeting, held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 24-26, 1998. Paper presented: Creating Racial Identities: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico.



(Local Conferences)

2000 -Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America—A Week of Dialogue on Race Relations, Barnard College, October 10-16, 2000. Discussant and Facilitator for Workshop/Panel: “Let’s Talk About Race Issues in Latin America,” Oct. 12, 2000.


Selected Conference Presentations (before 1998)

(International Conferences)

1997 -Cuarta Conferencia Anual de la Asociación Mexicana de Estudios del Caribe, held at the Universidad de Quintana Roo, April 23-25, 1997. Paper presented: San Fernando Aké: Black Militiamen in the Yucatan.

1996 -Sexto Encuentro de Afromexicanistas, held at the Instituto de Investigaciones Historico-Sociales in Jalapa, Veracruz, October 23-25, 1996. Paper presented: The Social Dynamics of Race: Free-Colored Militiamen in 18th Century Puebla.

1995 -Poblacion y Estructura Urbana en Mexico, Siglos XVIII y XIX, held at the Archivo Historico del Puerto de Veracruz, in Veracruz, Nov. 22 - 24, 1995. Paper presented: A Contribution to the Study of Pardo and Moreno Militia Companies in New Spain.

1994 -Espacio Urbano y Estructura Social en México, Siglos XVIII y XIX, held at the Universidad Veracruzana, in Jalapa, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 1994. Paper presented: Cuartel 22 in 1811: Understanding the Sociedad de Castas at the Margins of Mexico City. Sponsors: Instituto Mora, the Universidad Veracruzana, and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa.

1993 -Los Padrones y la Historia Urbana, Siglos XVIII y XIX: Balance y Perspectivas, held at the Instituto Mora in Mexico City, Dec. 1-3, 1993. Paper presented: Race, Class, and the Use of Physical Space in Mexico City's Cuartel 23, 1811.


Encyclopedia Entries


2000 -Contributor to The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Supplement 1, “Mexico,” pgs. 1767-1770, (2000).

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2005 -“Mexico Might be Ready to Rethink Role of Blacks in Its History,” Op-Ed for The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA), July 31, 2005.

2005 -“How Memín Sparks Race-Relation Talks Between U.S., Mexico,” Op-Ed for The Centre Daily Times (State College, PA), July 25, 2005

2003 -“Latinos and a Fresh Look at Race,” Op-Ed for The Raleigh News & Observer, June 26, 2003.

2002 -“Reflections on the Impact of Blacks in Latin America and Its Meaning for U.S. Latinos—A Look at Venezuela/Reflexiones sobre el impacto del negro en Latinoamérica y su significado para los Estados Unidos--Venezuela,” bilingual feature centerfold article for El Aguila del Hudson Valley, Feb. 13-19, 2002.

2002 -“Reflections on the Impact of Blacks in Latin America and Its Meaning for U.S. Latinos—A Look at Colombia/Reflexiones sobre el impacto del negro en Latinoamérica y su significado para los Estados Unidos--Colombia,” bilingual feature centerfold article for El Aguila del Hudson Valley, Feb. 6-12, 2002.

2000 -“Blacks in Mexico/Los negros en México,” bilingual feature article for El Aguila del Hudson Valley, November, 2000.

2000 -“Career Consultants Column—Forum on Seeking a University Teaching Career,” article in Black Issues in Higher Education, May 11, 2000, pg. 34.

2000 -“The Meaning of Black History Month for Latinos/El significado del mes de la herencia negra para los latinos,” bilingual feature article for El Aguila del Hudson Valley, February, 2000.

1999 -“Are Latinos Breaking the Sound Barrier?” Op-Ed for The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 14, 1999.

1999 -“Ricky Martin—Stereotype,” Op-Ed for The New York Post, November 5, 1999.

Additional Publication Activities

2000 -Consulted reader for Quest for Inclusion: Realizing Afro-Latin American Potential (Washington D.C., Organization of Africans in the Americas, 2000)


Selected Radio Appearances


2007 - The Nate Clay Show,WLS 890 AM, Chicago, Illinois, Topic: “Blacks in Mexico,” October, 2007

2007 -Up All Night, BBC Five Live, 909 & 693 AM, London, England, Topic: “Slavery in Latin America,” March 22, 2007.

2000 -The Nate Clay Show,WLS 890 AM, Chicago, Illinois, Topic: “Postscript Reflections on the Republican National Convention, the Mexican Presidential Elections, and Racial Inclusivity,” Aug. 6, 2000.

1999 -Raíces, WHCR 90.3 FM, New York, Topic: “Afro-Mexican and Afro-Venezuelan Musical Heritage,” (in Spanish), Oct. 17, 1999.

1996 -Continent to Continent, KPFK Los Angeles, 90.7 FM, Topic: “The African Struggle in Mexico: A First-Hand Report from the Quinto Encuentro de Afromexicanistas, in Michoacan, Mexico,” Jan. 9, 1996.

Magazine and Newspaper Interviews (prior to 2003)


2002 -Black Issues in Higher Education, “The Academy’s New Cast” Jan. 3, 2002, pg. 29.

2001 -Black Issues in Higher Education, “Mellon Makes its Mark,” Jul. 19, 2001, pgs. 38-41.

2000 -The Reporter (Lansdale, Pennsylvania), “More Americans Moving to a Latin Beat,” July 4, 2000.

2000 -The Desert Sun (Palm Springs), “More and More Americans are Moving to a Latin Beat,” May 21, 2000.

2000 -The Daily Journal of Vineland New Jersey, “New, colorful face of popular culture. Mainstream America is tapping its toes to Latin rhythms,” May 19, 2000.

1999 -The Kansas City Star, “New Pop Music Successes Just the Latest in a Century of Influences,” November 25, 1999.

1999 -Black Issues in Higher Education, “Reflections of Faculty Pipeline Program Progeny,” October 28, 1999, pgs. 24-25.

1999 -La Prensa de Minnesota, “Visiting Scholars Explore African Influence in Mexico,” Sept. 30, 1999.


Conferences/Panels/Events Organized and Hosted (Non-Johns Hopkins Events)


2005 -“Black Brazil in the 20th Century: A Discussion with Jerry Davila,” April 14, 2005, held at Penn State University. Co-Sponsored by the Africana Research Center, the Program for Latin American Studies, and the Department of History (Penn State).

2004 -Conference entitled: “New Directions in North American Scholarship on Afro-Mexico,” Penn State University, Oct. 14-15, 2004. Co-Sponsored by the Program for Latin American Studies, the Rock Ethics Institute, the Africana Research Center, and the History Department (Penn State).

2004 -“The Black Presence in Colonial Popoyán, A Discussion with Sherwin Bryant,” held at Penn State University, Feb. 12, 2004.

2003 -“Two Centuries of United States Demography, A Symposium for Graduate Students with Herbert S. Klein,” held at Penn State University, Oct. 21, 2003.

2003 -Roundtable workshop entitled “Social Landscapes, Military Frontiers, and Racial Borders: Reinterpreting the Military and the Contours of the Latin American State in the 18th and 19th centuries,” Jan. 15, 2003, held at UNC Chapel Hill, Institute of Latin American Studies.

2001 -“Mexican Family Structures in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Discussion with Larissa Adler-Lomnitz.” March 19, 2001, held at the Lehman Suite Archive, Columbia University

2000 -“Pulse: Matrix Art Project 2000, Featuring Emily Cantrell, Yuri Shimojo, and Annemie Maes,” April 24, 2000, held at the Deanery, Barnard College, in conjunction with the Department of Visual Arts

2000 -“Mexican Lives: A Discussion with Judith Adler-Hellman,” April 5, 2000, held at Barnard College

2000 -“A Mexican Elite Family, 1820-1980: A Discussion with Larissa Adler-Lomnitz,” March 8, 2000, held at Barnard College

2000 -“The Afro-Mexican Presence in the 20th Century: Anthropological Perspectives,” Feb. 15, 2000, held at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

1999 -“Feminism in 20th Century Cuba: Historical Perspectives,” Oct. 20, 1999, held at Barnard College in conjunction with the Dept. of Spanish

1999 -“Afro-Venezuelan Musical Heritage: Performance and Discussion by Jesus Garcia and Grupo Mina,” Oct. 16, 1999, held at Barnard College in conjunction with the Institute of African American Studies and the Dept. of Music at Columbia University

1999 -“Black Activism in Contemporary Latin America: Political and Cultural Perspectives from Cuba, Honduras, and Venezuela,” April 8, 1999, held at Barnard College in conjunction with the Institute of Pan-African Studies and the Institute of African American Studies at Columbia University


Works in Progress




Books


-The Dance of Chameleons: Lobos, Moriscos, Chinos, and Coyotes in Colonial Mexico, book in research stages.

Edited Volumes

-Black Mexico, co-edited with Matthew Restall (in press with Univ. of New Mexico

Press).

-Expanding the Diaspora: Africans to Colonial Latin America, co-edited with Sherwin K. Bryant and Rachel O’Toole, (in press with Univ. of Illinois Press)



Grant and Postdoctoral Fellowship Activity (Research and Institutional)
(Institutional Awards)

2008-2009 -Johns Hopkins University, Framework for the Future Discovery RFP (run by the Hopkins’ Office of the Provost), in support of the proposal: Africana Studies All-University Initiative. Grant Award: $50,000.

2008-2009 -National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Summer Institutes (to host an institute entitled: Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888). Co-P.I. with Stewart King, Mt. Angel Seminary, and Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester, UK.

Grant Award: $200,000.

2008-2009 -Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Planning Grant, in support of the Africana Studies East Baltimore Oral History Project.



Grant Award: $6,000.

2008-2009 -Maryland Humanities Council Grant in support of the Africana Studies NAACP Centennial Conference.



Grant Award: $10,000

    1. -Mellon Foundation Grant for the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project (co-P.I. with Candice Dalrymple, Center for Educational Resources, Johns Hopkins University).

Grant Award: $476,000

(Research Awards)

2005-2006 -National Humanities Center Fellowship (Research Triangle)

2005 -Penn State Africana Research Center, Level I Research Grant (to study the Mexican caste system in Mexico City’s municipal and parish archives), May 2005

2004 -Rockefeller Grant for the Study of Diasporic Racisms Jun.-Aug. 2004 (A summer grant to study the relations of Latinos and African-Americans in the state of North Carolina).

2003 -Rockefeller Grant for Diasporic Racisms.

2001-2003 -University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity.

2002 -Rockefeller Grant for Diasporic Racisms.

2001-2002 -Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2001-2002 -Woodrow Wilson/Mellon Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship.

2001 -University of Hawaii, President’s Diversity and Equity Initiative, Speaker’s Grant.

1999-2001 -Gilder Foundation Faculty Research Grant, Barnard College.

2000 -Barnard College Subvention Grant.




Professionally Related Community Service




Manuscript Reviews


-Indiana University Press

-Duke University Press

-University of Florida Press

-New York University Press

-University of Nebraska Press

-Palgrave MacMillan



Journal Article Reviews


-The Americas

-Secuencia



-Ulúa, Revista de Historia, Sociedad y Cultura

-Journal of World History

Editorial Boards


2007-Current - Latin American Originals (A book series of published original manuscripts for Penn State University Press)

2007-Current -Latinoamerica. Revista de estudios latinoamericanos

2006-2011 -The Americas

2006-Current - Calalloo

2003-Current -Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

Professional Committees


2008-2010 -Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), General Committee

2007-2008 -American Historical Association 2009 Program Committee

2005-2006 -Chair, Tibesar Prize Committee, Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)

2004-2006 -Chair, Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), Mexican Studies Committee

2003-2004 -Secretary, Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), Mexican Studies Committee

2002-2003 -Ford Foundation Conference of Fellows Planning Committee Member

2001-2002 -Co-chair, Ford Foundation Conference of Fellows Planning Committee

2000-2001 -Ford Foundation Conference of Fellows Planning Committee Member



Grant/Fellowship Review Boards

2008 -Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee

2007 -National Endowment for the Humanities, Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Review Board

2006 -Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee

2005 -Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee
Other Boards/Committees

2007-2009 -Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific Islands Accessions Committee, Baltimore Museum of Art

2006-2008 -Social Science Research Council/Mellon Mays Program Advisory Committee

2007 -Maryland State Department of Education/Reginald F. Lewis Museum Secondary



Curriculum Expert Review Panel



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