I study marginalized communities and ideas of difference in early modern Spain. More specifically, in my dissertation I examine the history of the Black diaspora in sixteenth-century Valencia, Spain. Using archival records, I shed light on quotidian elements of free and enslaved Black Valencians’ lives and experiences. In doing so, I show that early modern Valencia was home to a number of distinct Black communities and that Black Valencians adopted a number of strategies to build families, livelihoods, and communities and to navigate an often hostile social and legal landscape.
Black Communities in Sixteenth-Century Valencia
“The Other Early Modern Pandemic: Slavery, Colonialism, and Novel Coronavirus,” Sixteenth Century Journal 51, no. S1 (2020).
“Miracles and Monsters: Gog and Magog, Alexander the Great, and Antichrist in the Apocalypse of the Catalan Atlas (1375)” in Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques: Monstrosity and Religion in Europe and the United States (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2018).