Campus: Guelph
Office: 2001 MacKinnon Extension

Areas of Research for Graduate Supervision

  • Latin American history
  • Atlantic World 1750-1850
  • travel, exile, national identity, patriotism, liberation

Current Research

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 on Spanish America independence leaders who lived in London
between 1808-1829. This project traces the effect of extended foreign
residence on the Spanish Americans’ sense of national identity, and also
documents the tremendous intellectual and cultural influence that Great
Britain exerted upon these men’s vision of post-independent nationhood.

Selected Publications


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.


“Newsprint Nations: Spanish American Publishing in London, 1808-1827″ in The Foreign Political Press in Nineteenth-Century London: Politics from a Distance,  Constance Bantman and Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva, eds.  London: Bloomsbury, [forthcoming, 2017].

“Leitura, escrita e romantismo: Robert Southey e viagens biográficas no mundo luso-hispânico”  in Imprensa, história e literatura: o jornalista escritor, Isabel Lustosa and Rita Godet, eds., Rio de Janeiro: Casa Rui Barbosa, [forthcoming, 2016]

“Loss, Loneliness and Liberation: Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán and the Formation of American Identity in Exile (1768-1798)”   Dieciocho   39, #1 (Spring 2016):  129-152.

” ‘The childhood shows the man’: Latin American Children in Great Britain, 1790-1830″ The Americas 72, #2 (April 2015): 279-308.

“Fireworks over Fernandina: The Atlantic Dimension of the Amelia Island Episode, 1817,” in Viviana Díaz-Balsera and Rachel A. May, ed., 500 Years of Spain-Florida.  Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2014, pp.171-191.

“Message by Massacre: Venezuela’s War to the Death, 1810-1814,” Journal of Genocide Studies       15, #2 (May 2013): 201-217.

“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. pp.257-277.

“Patriots-in-Training: Spanish American Children at Hazelwood School in England during the 1820s.” Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education   40, #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, #3 (August 2010): 423-54.

“Las experiencias escolares de Alberto Masferrer.” El Faro Académico (El Salvador) (March 2010).  available at:

“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).” In 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): 125-145.

“Alberto Masferrer and the Vital Minimum: The Life and Thought of a Salvadoran Journalist (1868-1932).” The Americas 54, no. 2 (October 1997): 209-237.