David Wheat (Ph.D. Vanderbilt 2009) is a historian of colonial Latin America and the early modern Iberian world. His research interests include migration and diaspora, ports and maritime networks, and cross-cultural exchange. Wheat’s first book, Atlantic Africa & the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640, is forthcoming with UNC Press, published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Institute of International Education, the Conference on Latin American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
- “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.
- “African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, and the Atlantic World,” with co-author Carl Wise. An online public history exhibition launched in February 2014, and hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston.
- “The Spanish Caribbean in the Colonial Period.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies, ed. Ben Vinson (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
- “Garcia Mendes Castelo Branco, fidalgo de Angola y mercader de esclavos en Veracruz y el Caribe a principios del siglo XVII.” In Debates históricos contemporáneos: africanos y afrodescendientes en México y Centroamérica, coord. María Elisa Velázquez, 85-107 (México, D.F.: INAH; CEMCA; UNAM-CIALC; IRD, 2011).
- “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).