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Assistant Professor

Office: 323 McGraw Hall
Phone: (607) 255-3616
Fax: (607) 255-0469
Updated CV

Office Hours: See department listing, 450 McGraw Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests coalesce around two significant questions: How do people develop geographic and cultural identifications? How do geographic regions come into being? In particular, I am interested in the role circulation (of goods, people, news, and ideas) across political boundaries plays in the configuration of geographic spaces, collective identities, geopolitical projects, and political allegiances.

I explore these themes from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective, especially by looking at the process of configuration of a transimperial Greater Caribbean geographic space during the Age of Revolutions (1750s-1850s). My dissertation examined the configuration of a transimperial Greater Caribbean and its inhabitants' geopolitical imagination through a study of the communication networks that linked the viceroyalty of New Granada with British, French, Dutch, and Danish colonies in the Caribbean.

My broader interests include inter-imperial rivalry and collaboration in the Caribbean, the history of late colonial and early national Latin American countries (especially Colombia and its Caribbean region), indigenous-European encounters in the Caribbean Basin, cosmopolitan Indians, the development of plantation societies in the Caribbean, the flow of ideas, people, and commodities across the Atlantic Ocean, and the role of oceans in world history.


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Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2012
M.A. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain, 2007
M.A. Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, England, 2004
B.A. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 2001

Recent Publications and Awards


"Turning South before Swinging East: Geopolitics and Geopolitical Imagination in the Southwestern Caribbean after the American Revolution," Itineratio 36:3 (2012), 107-132.

"Colombia," in Stewart King (ed.), Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and People of Color in the Americas (New York: Facts on File, 2012)

"La invención de una nación andina: Criollos Ilustrados, conflictos partidistas, y la descaribeñización de la nueva república colombiana, 1808-1837," Revista Huellas (October 2010), 8-18.

"La importancia de ser Caribe: reflexiones en torno a un mal chiste," Aguaita. Revista del Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano 21 (August 2010), 11-24

"Raza, clase y lealtades políticas durante las guerras de independencia en las provincias de Cartagena y Santa Marta", in Gustavo Bell (ed.), La región y sus orígenes (Bogota: Nomos, 2007)


Fellowship from the All-UC Group in Economic History, University of California, 2010

Humanities Center Research Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2010

Beca de estancia (residency scholarship), Escuela de Estudios Hispanoamericanos, Seville, 2010

COLFUTURO's scholarship to undertake MA studies (, 2003