Caribbean Studies

Caribbean Studies


Interviews with scholars of the Caribbean about their new books.

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Chloe Wigston Smith, "Novels, Needleworks, and Empire: Material Entanglements in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World" (Yale UP, 2024)

June 12, 2024

Novels, Needleworks, and Empire

Chloe Wigston Smith
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the eighteenth century, women’s contributions to empire took fewer official forms than those collected in state archives. Their traces were recorde…

Laura Gómez, "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" (The New Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Inventing Latinos

Laura Gómez

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rat…

Timothy P. Storhoff, "Harmony and Normalization: US-Cuban Musical Diplomacy" (UP of Mississippi, 2020)

June 9, 2024

Harmony and Normalization

Timothy P. Storhoff
Hosted by Emily Ruth Allen

Harmony and Normalization: US-Cuban Musical Diplomacy (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) explores the channels of musical exchange between Cuba a…

Vince Brown, Caribbean Vectors (EF, JP)

June 6, 2024

Caribbean Vectors

Vince Brown

The largest slave uprising in the 18th century British Caribbean was also a node of the global conflict called the Seven Year’s War, though it isn’t u…

Vanessa Walker, "Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy" (Cornell UP, 2020)

May 27, 2024

Principles in Power

Vanessa Walker
Hosted by Jo Butterfield

Vanessa Walker's Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U. S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2020) explores the rel…

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin, "Race and Transnationalism in the Americas" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2021)

May 22, 2024

Race and Transnationalism in the Americas

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin
Hosted by Ariadna Obregon

Edited by Benjamin Bryce and David Sheinin, Race and Transnationalism in the Americas (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), highlights the importanc…

Adriana Chira, "Patchwork Freedoms: Law, Slavery, and Race beyond Cuba's Plantations" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 17, 2024

Patchwork Freedoms

Adriana Chira
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

In nineteenth-century Santiago de Cuba, the island of Cuba's radical cradle, Afro-descendant peasants forged freedom and devised their own formative p…

Maria Cristina Garcia, "State of Disaster: The Failure of U. S. Migration Policy in an Age of Climate Change" (UNC Press, 2022)

May 12, 2024

State of Disaster

Maria Cristina Garcia
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

Natural disasters and the dire effects of climate change cause massive population displacements and lead to some of the most intractable political and…

Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha, "Vodou en Vogue: Fashioning Black Divinities in Haiti and the United States" (UNC Press, 2023)

May 7, 2024

Vodou en Vogue

Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

In Haitian Vodou, spirits impact Black practitioners' everyday lives, tightly connecting the sacred and the secular. As Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha reveals…

Mateo Jarquín, "The Sandinista Revolution: A Global Latin American History" (UNC Press, 2024)

May 4, 2024

The Sandinista Revolution

Mateo Jarquín
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

The Sandinista Revolution and its victory against the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua gripped the United States and the world in the 1980s. But as so…

Andil Gosine, "Nature's Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean" (Duke UP, 2021)

April 29, 2024

Nature's Wild

Andil Gosine
Hosted by Zachary Myers

In Nature's Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean (Duke UP, 2021), Andil Gosine engages with questions of humanism, queer theory, and animality to…

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo, "Puerto Rico: A National History" (Princeton UP, 2024)

April 16, 2024

Puerto Rico

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Puerto Rico is a Spanish-speaking territory of the United States with a history shaped by conquest and resistance. For centuries, Puerto Ricans have c…

Jeremy Black, "The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History" (Routledge, 2015)

April 14, 2024

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History (Routledge, 2024), Jeremy Black presents a compact yet comprehensive survey of slavery and its impact on …

Christopher Michael Blakley, "Empire of Brutality: Enslaved People and Animals in the British Atlantic World" (Louisiana State UP, 2023)

April 8, 2024

Empire of Brutality

Christopher Michael Blakley
Hosted by Susan Liebell

Historians of early America, slavery, early African American history, the history of science, and environmental history have interrogated the complex …

Adele Oliver, "Deeping It: Colonialism, Culture & Criminalisation of UK Drill" (404 Ink, 2023)

April 7, 2024

Deeping It

Adele Oliver
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Deeping It: Colonialism, Culture & Criminalisation of UK Drill (404 Ink, 2023) by Adèle Oliver shines a critical light on UK drill and its fraught rel…

E. G. Condé / Steve Gonzalez on Hurricanes, Fiction, and Speculative Ethnography (EF)

April 4, 2024

Hurricanes, Fiction, and Speculative Ethnography (EF)

Steve Gonzalez

In this episode, Elizabeth talks with Steven Gonzalez, anthropologist and author of speculative fiction under the pen name E.G. Condé. They discuss th…

Erin L. Durban, "The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

April 2, 2024

The Sexual Politics of Empire

Erin L. Durban
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Evangelical Christians and members of the global LGBTQI human rights movement have vied for influence in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Each side ac…

Jamie Goodall, "Daring Exploits of Pirate Black Sam Bellamy: From Cape Cod to the Caribbean" (History Press, 2023)

March 29, 2024

Daring Exploits of Pirate Black Sam Bellamy

Jamie Goodall
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In 1717, the Council of Trade and Plantations received "agreeable news" from New England. "Bellamy with his ship and Company" had perished on the shoa…

Lillian Guerra, "Patriots and Traitors in Revolutionary Cuba, 1961-1981" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2023)

March 23, 2024

Patriots and Traitors in Revolutionary Cuba, 1961-1981

Lillian Guerra
Hosted by Ethan Fredrick

Authorities in postrevolutionary Cuba worked to establish a binary society in which citizens were either patriots or traitors. This all-or-nothing app…

Sean M. Kelley, "American Slavers: Merchants, Mariners, and the Transatlantic Commerce in Captives, 1644-1865" (Yale UP, 2023)

March 10, 2024

American Slavers

Sean M. Kelley
Hosted by Katrina Anderson

A total of 305,000 enslaved Africans arrived in the New World aboard American vessels over a span of two hundred years as American merchants and marin…