Gabriel Paquette


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Gabriel Paquette is Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, where also serves as Director of the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS). His research explores European, Latin American, and Global History, with a focus on the Portuguese and Spanish empires.

Paquette’s first book, published in 2008, 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. His second book, published in 2013, is a history of the Portuguese Atlantic World, c. 1770-1850, focusing on the independence of Brazil.

Paquette also has studied the history of Liberalism in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in the first half of the nineteenth century. Some publications related to this research include a guest-edited special issue of History of European Ideas (2015) as well as articles in Modern Intellectual History (2013) and the Historical Journal (2015).

Paquette edited a volume on late eighteenth-century enlightened reform in Atlantic context (2009). He co-edited a second volume on European-Latin American relations after the dissolution of the Ibero-Atlantic empires (2013). This volume elaborates on themes first addressed in a co-edited special issue of European History Quarterly (2011).

In addition to articles and essays in peer-reviewed academic journals and books, Paquette contributes regularly to publications aimed at a wider audience, including The Times Literary Supplement, History Today, National Geographic Historia, Inside Higher Ed, The Guardian, and the Revista de Occidente.

Paquette holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Before arriving at Hopkins, he held research and teaching posts at Trinity College (Cambridge), Harvard University, and Wesleyan University. More recently, his research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Cambridge (Balzan-Skinner Fellowship).

Undergraduate Courses:

  • “History of Brazil”
  • “Brazil: History and Culture”
  • “Introduction to Occidental Civilization, 1400-1800”
  • “Latin American Independence”
  • “The Undergraduate Seminar”
  • “The Age of Revolutions”
  • “Global Iberian Empires, c. 1400-1800”
  • “Reform and its Discontents in the Southern Atlantic World”

Graduate Courses:

  • “Topics in European Imperial History”
  • “Approaches to World and Global History”
  • “Early Modern European Empires”
  • “Enlightened Reform in the Ibero-Atlantic World”
  • “Approaches to Brazilian History”
  • “Late Atlantic History”
  • “Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic History”
  • “Colonial Latin America”

Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-Brazilian World, c. 1770-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2013; pbk. May 2014). xiv + 450.

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, Critical edition of a new translation of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Report on the Agrarian Law (1795) and Other Writings. Economic Ideas that Built Europe Series (Anthem Press, 2016). pp. xiv + 209.

Editor, Special Issue: “Liberalism in the Early Nineteenth-century Iberian World”. History of European Ideas (2015).

Co-Editor, Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s. Atlantic Crossings Series (University of Alabama Press, 2013). pp. x + 330.

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; pbk. by Routledge in 2016). pp. xviii + 404.

“Romantic Liberalism in Spain and Portugal, c. 1825-1850”. Historical Journal 58:2 (2015): 481-511.

“Colonial Societies”. In H.M. Scott, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750, vol. II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 280-306.

“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. Page


  • Director, Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS)
  • Academic Coordinator, History-International Studies specialization in “Global Connections and Historical Comparisons”
  • Academic Coordinator, Johns Hopkins-Universitat Pompeu Fabra BA/MA in World History Program
  • Convenor, Iberian Seminar, Brazil Studies Seminar, and the Latin American and Iberian History Workshop (LAIHW)

Professional Service

  • Editor, Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Cambridge University Press)
  • Area Editor, Atlantic Crossings Series (University of Alabama Press)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
  • Assistant Editor, The Americas
  • Editorial Board Member, Modern Intellectual History
  • Editorial Board Member, E-Journal of Portuguese History
  • Editorial Board Member, Boletim do Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Editorial Board Member, Revista Illes I Imperis
  • Prize Committee Membership for the AHA, ASPHS, CLAH etc.