I have been teaching at St. Lawrence since Fall 2002. In July 2012 I became the Associate Dean for Academic Advising Programs. I am also a Professor and the Margaret Vilas Chair of Latin American History. I received my BA in Spanish Language and Literature from SUNY Oswego, an MA in Latin American history from SUNY Stony Brook, and a PhD from the University of Rochester in Modern European and Atlantic history. My area of specialization is Spanish colonialism in Cuba with a focus on state enslavement and forced labor in Havana in the 18th and 19th centuries. I have published several articles and book chapters on forced labor in Cuba and Atlantic history, the most recent include:
1.“All in the Family? Colonial Cuba in an Iberian Atlantic Frame,” The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 91 vol. 1: 83-104.
2.“Some Unhappy Indians Trafficked by Force’: Race, Status, and Work Discipline in mid-Nineteenth Century Cuba.” In Bonded Labor in the Cultural Contact Zone, edited by Gesa Mackenthun and Raphael Hörmann, 209-225. Münster and New York: Waxmann, 2010.
3. “Paths to Freedom: Imperial Defense and Manumission in Havana,1762-1800.” In Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World,edited by Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy Sparks, 121-141. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.
4. “‘War as the Forcing House of Change’: The Case of Cuba in the late Eighteenth Century." William and Mary Quarterly 3rd Series, vol. 63 3 (2005): 411-440.
I am currently working on a book-length study of state enslavement and other forced labor called, Constructing the Empire in Havana: State Slavery in Defense and Public Works, 1763-1840 and co-editing a collection of essays with historian John Donoghue entitled Building the Atlantic Empires: Unfree Labor, the State, and Global Capitalism under contract with Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden, The Netherlands. I have also begun a new project on the lives and times of a Cuban elite family, some of who relocated to the United States in the nineteenth century. This project is based on a collection of family letters held in the Special Collections section of the Owen D. Young Library here at St. Lawrence.