David Wheat

David WheatDavid Wheat (Ph.D. Vanderbilt 2009) is a historian of colonial Latin America and the early modern Iberian Atlantic world. Wheat’s first book, Atlantic Africa & the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640, is forthcoming in 2016 with UNC Press, published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Conference on Latin American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Selected Publications

  • “Atlantic History and the Slave Trade to Spanish America,” with co-authors Alex Borucki and David Eltis. The American Historical Review 120:2 (Apr 2015): 433-461.
  • “Global Transit Points and Travel in the Iberian Maritime World, 1580-1640.” In Governing the Sea in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Honor of Robert C. Ritchie, eds. Peter C. Mancall and Carole Shammas, 253-274. San Marino: Huntington Library, 2015.
  • “The First Great Waves: African Provenance Zones for the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Cartagena de Indias, 1570-1640.” The Journal of African History 52:1 (2011): 1-22.
  • “Mediterranean Slavery, New World Transformations: Galley Slaves in the Spanish Caribbean, 1578-1635.” Slavery & Abolition 31:3 (2010): 327-344. Reprinted in Maritime Slavery, ed. Philip D. Morgan (London: Routledge, 2012).

Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Early Modern, Cultural, Migration, Social

Region: Latin America & Caribbean, Africa, Iberian world

Office: 217 Old Horticulture

Email: dwheat@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-4921