David Wheat

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David Wheat
(Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2009) is a historian of Colonial Latin America, the Caribbean, and the early modern Iberian Atlantic world. His research interests include migration and diaspora, ports and maritime networks, and cross-cultural exchange. Wheat’s first book project, 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, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected Publications

  • “The Spanish Caribbean in the Colonial Period.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies, ed. Ben Vinson (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). (web link)
  • “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). (Open Access web link)
  • “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).
  • “Iberian Roots of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1640.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, History Now: American History Online, Issue 25: “Three Worlds Meet: Africa, Europe, and the Americas” (Sept 2010).  (web link)

Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Early Modern, Cultural, Migration, Social

Region: Africa, Latin American & Caribbean

Office: 217 Old Horticulture

Email: dwheat@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-4921