Portugal, Spain and their Empires (c. 1650-1975), Atlantic history, Brazilian history since c. 1700, history of international relations, Colonial Spanish American history
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of History
3400 N. Charles Street
Gilman Hall 330B
Baltimore, MD 21218 USA
My research explores the history of Spain, Portugal, and their overseas empires since 1700. I am interested in the impact of empire on the development of European politics, society, ideas, and culture.
My first book analyzes the intellectual origins of the reform program undertaken by the Spanish Crown in the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish America during the second half of the eighteenth century. It is based primarily on manuscript sources drawn from European as well as Latin American archives and libraries.
My second book, to be published in 2013, is a history of the Portuguese Atlantic World, c. 1770-1850, focusing on the independence of Brazil. While retaining my earlier interest in administrative history and the history of political thought, the book engages with subjects such as constitutional history, diplomatic history, and the historiography of the “Age of Revolutions”. The book also explores how Portugal was affected by, and responded to, the experience of imperial dismemberment, focusing on the Portuguese Civil War and the new imperial projects for Southern Africa launched after 1830.
I also have edited a volume on late eighteenth-century enlightened reform. I recently co-edited (with Professor Matthew Brown, University of Bristol) a second volume on European-Latin American relations after the dissolution of the Ibero-Atlantic empires. This volume elaborates on the themes first addressed in a special issue of European History Quarterly that Professor Brown and I co-edited in 2011.
In addition to articles and essays in peer-reviewed academic journals and books, I contribute regularly to publications aimed at a wider audience, including The Times Literary Supplement, History Today, Inside Higher Ed, The Guardian, and the Revista de Occidente.
I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Before arriving at Hopkins, I held research and teaching posts at Trinity College (Cambridge), Harvard University, and Wesleyan University. More recently, my research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. I will return to Cambridge in the spring semester of 2013 as the 4th holder of the Balzan-Skinner Fellowship.
Europe and the Wider World (100.103)
The Age of Revolutions (100.318)
*I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students, particularly those interested in pursuing research topics related to Ibero-Atlantic History since c. 1600.
Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-Brazilian World, c. 1770-1850 (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, May 2013).
Enlightenment, Governance, and Reform in Spain and its Empire, 1759-1808. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) [4th printing, December 2009; pbk. May 2011]. pp. xi + 244.
Co-Editor, Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s. Atlantic Crossings Series (University of Alabama Press, In Press, January 2013).
Co-Editor, Special Issue: “Europe and Latin America in the 1820s”. European History Quarterly 41:3 (2011).
Editor, Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and its Atlantic Colonies, c. 1750-1830. Empires and the Making of the Modern World Series (Ashgate Publishing, 2009). pp. xviii + 404.
“The Brazilian Origins of the 1826 Portuguese Constitution”. European History Quarterly 41:3 (2011): 444-471.
“The Dissolution of the Spanish Atlantic Monarchy”. Historical Journal 52:1 (2009): 175-212.
“State-Civil Society Cooperation and Conflict in the Spanish Empire: The Intellectual and Political Activities of the Ultramarine Consulados and Economic Societies, c. 1780-1810”. Journal of Latin American Studies 39:2 (2007): 263-298.
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