1996 Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans
1991 M.A., Tulane University, New Orleans
1989 B.A., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
2003- Associate Professor, University of Guelph
2006 Visiting Research Professor, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London
1997-2003 Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University
2002 Visiting Scholar, Instituto de Investigaciones Dr Jose Maria Luis Mora, Mexico City
1999-2000 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library
British Cultural Influence in the Independence era
Atlantic World 1750-1850
travel, exile, national identity, patriotism, liberation
Robert Southey and the Luso-Hispanic World
Joel R. Poinsett in South America
Antonio José de Irisarri (biography)
Most of my work centers on the history and culture of the revolutionary independence period throughout Latin America and the Atlantic World. I am interested in issues of cross-cultural contact, national identity formation, and the creation of patriotic civic cultures from 1780-1830. Currently, I am completing a book called The Mansion House of Liberty: London's Spanish American Community 1808-1829. This project traces the effect of extended foreign residence on the Spanish Americans' sense of national identity, and documents the tremendous intellectual and cultural influence that Great Britain exerted upon their vision of post-independent nationhood. I am also finishing a general history that will be called Emancipations: Latin American Independence in a Global Context.
Co-editor with Graham Lloyd, James A. Brush's Memoir of the Mina Expedition to Liberate Mexico, 1817. University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming 2018
Co-editor with Beatriz Mamigonian (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850. Lanham MD: Rowman Littlefield, 2010.
Co-editor with Beatriz Mamigonian (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500-2000. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield, 2009.
Francisco de Miranda: A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution 1750-1816. Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002.
Co-editor with Ingrid E. Fey (UCLA). Strange Pilgrimages: Travel, Exile, and National Identity in Latin America 1800-1990s. Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2000.
"Leitura, escrita e romantismo: Robert Southey e viagens biográficas no mundo luso-hispânico,” in Imprensa, história e literatura: o jornalista escritor, edited by Isabel Lustosa and Rita Godet (Rio de Janeiro: Casa Rui Barbosa, forthcoming 2018).
"Proxy Pasts: The Use of British Historical References in Spanish American Independence Rhetoric, 1808-1828." English Historical Review 132, no. 557 (August 2017): 863-884.
“Newsprint Nations: Spanish American Publishing in London, 1808-1827," in The Foreign Political Press in Nineteenth-Century London: Politics from a Distance, edited by Constance Bantman and Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).
“Loss, Loneliness and Liberation: Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán and the Formation of American Identity in Exile (1768-1798),” Dieciocho 39, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 129-52
"'The Childhood Shows the Man': Latin American Children in Great Britain, 1790-1830," The Americas 72, no. 2 (April 2015): 279-308.
“Fireworks over Fernandina: The Atlantic Dimension of the Amelia Island Episode, 1817," in 500 Years of Spain-Florida, edited by Viviana Díaz-Balsera and Rachel A. May (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2014), 171-191.
“Message by Massacre: Venezuela’s War to the Death, 1810-1814,” Journal of Genocide Studies 15, no. 2 (May 2013): 201-17.
“Francisco de Miranda y Thomas Jefferson: vidas paralelas en el mundo atlántico” Historia 20/10. Issue title: El mundo atlántico y la modernidad iberoamericana 1750-1850. Roberto Breña and Roberto González Manterola, eds. 1 (Noviembre 2012): 183-195.
"Puritans, Patriots and Protectors: The Relevance of Oliver Cromwell and his Regime for Spanish Americans during the Independence Era,1808-1826," in Cromwell's Legacy, edited by Jane A.Mills (Manchester University Press, 2012), 257-77.
"Patriots-in-Training: Spanish American Children at Hazelwood School in England during the 1820s," Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education 40, no. 4 (2010): 495-509.
"'This England and This Now': British Cultural and Intellectual Influence in the Spanish American Independence Era," Hispanic American Historical Review 90, no. 3 (August 2010): 423-54.
“Las experiencias escolares de Alberto Masferrer,” El Faro Académico (El Salvador) www.elfaro.net (March 2010). [http://www.elfaro.net/es/201003/opinion/1328/]
“Death, Destiny and the Daily Chores: Everyday Life in Spanish America during the Wars of Independence,” In Daily Life in Latin America from the Wars of Independence to the Drug Wars, edited by Pedro Santoni (Westport CT: Greenwood, 2008).
“Commercial Christianity: The British and Foreign Bible Society's Interest in Spanish America, 1805-1830." Bulletin of Latin American Research 27, Suppl. #1 (2008): 70-87.
“Oliverio Cromwel: The Invocation of his Image and Memory in Spanish American Independence Era Rhetoric, 1808-1826.” Cromwelliana Series II, #4 (2007): 12-24.
“Imported Englishness: Henry Christophe's Educational Program in Haiti, 1811-1820." In Learning from Abroad: The Reception of Liberalism in Education, Religion and Morality in Post-Colonial Latin America, edited by Marcelo Caruso and Eugenia Roldán-Vera. London: Peter Lang, 2007, 205-230.
"Rum, Recruitment and Revolution: Alcohol and the Irish and English Legions in the Colombian War for Independence, 1817-1823." Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 4, #2 (March 2006): 45-53.
"Love in the Time of Liberation: Francisco de Miranda’s Relationship to the Female Sex." In Francisco de Miranda: Exile and Enlightenment, edited by John Lynch and Malcolm Deas. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 2006, pp.88-115.
“Simón Bolívar, Englishman: Elite Responsibility and Social Reform in Spanish American Independence.” In Simón Bolívar: Essays on the Life and Legacy of the Liberator, edited by Lester Langley and David Bushnell. Boulder, CO: Rowman Littlefield, 2007, pp.55-72.
"Anahuac's Angry Apostle: Fray Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra (1765- 1827)," in The Human Tradition in Mexico, edited by Jeffrey M. Pilcher (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002).
"X-Ray of the Republic: Venezuelan General Francisco de Miranda Views Boston Life (1783-1784)," Wasafiri: British Journal of Travel and Cultural Studies 34 (Fall 2001): 29-34.
"A Community of Purpose: British Cultural Influence During the Spanish American Wars of Independence (1815-1823)." In English Speaking Communities in Latin America, edited by Oliver Marshall (London: ILAS/ St.Martin's, 2000).
"Britannia's Bold Brother: British Cultural Influence in Haiti During the Reign of Henry Christophe (1811-1820)." Journal of Caribbean History 30 (October 1999): 125-45.
"Alberto Masferrer and the Vital Minimum: The Life and Thought of a Salvadoran Journalist (1868-1932)," The Americas 54, no. 2 (October 1997): 209-37.
2017-18 Visiting Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
2015-16 Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Huntington Library CA
2015 UGFA Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts
2013-14 Mellon Fellowship, Library Co. of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania
2012 Robertson Prize, best article in Hispanic American Historical Review (honorable mention)
2008 Student Senate Caucus Excellence in Teaching Award
2005-8 SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 3 years funded with research leave
2005-6 Irish-Latin American Research Fund Award
2004-5 Paul McQuillen Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library
2001-2 Govt of Mexico, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
1999-2000 NEH Visiting Fellow, John Carter Brown Library
1999 Everett Helm Research Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University
1998 Lewis Hanke Prize (Conference of Latin American Historians) Honorable Mention
1997 Lilly Foundation Course Development Grant
1992-93 Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship, Grad Student Teachers
1992 Tinker Summer Research Fellowship