Position: Associate Professor
Region: Latin America & Caribbean, Africa, Iberian world
Office: 343 Old Horticulture
David Wheat (Ph.D. Vanderbilt 2009) is associate professor in the department of history at Michigan State University. His research uses Iberian sources to address migration, slavery, cross-cultural exchange, trans-imperial trade, and maritime societies in the 16th and 17th century Atlantic world. His book Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 was published by UNC Press in 2016, on behalf of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. His work 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.
Books & Edited Volumes
- From the Galleons to the Highlands: Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas, co-edited with Alex Borucki and David Eltis. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2020.
- The Spanish Caribbean and the Atlantic World in the Long Sixteenth Century, co-edited with Ida Altman. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.
- Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2016. https://flexpub.com/preview/atlantic-africa-and-the-spanish-caribbean
Journal Articles & Book Chapters
- “Tangomãos en Tenerife y Sierra Leona a mediados del siglo XVI.” Cliocanarias 2 (2020): 545-569. Link to article.
- “The Early Iberian Slave Trade to the Spanish Caribbean, 1500-1580,” with co-author Marc Eagle. In From the Galleons to the Highlands, eds. Alex Borucki, David Eltis, David Wheat, 47-72. Albuquerque, NM.: University of New Mexico Press, 2020.
- “Catalina de los Santos, femme libre de couleur et son navire (Santo Domingo, 1593).” Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire 50 (2019): 139-154. Translated into French by Mélany Lorcy. https://journals.openedition.org/clio/17176
- “Biafadas in Havana: West African Antecedents for Caribbean Social Interactions.” In The Spanish Caribbean and the Atlantic World in the Long Sixteenth Century, eds. Ida Altman and David Wheat, 163-186. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.
- “Atlantic History and the Slave Trade to Spanish America,” with co-authors Alex Borucki and David Eltis. The American Historical Review 120:2 (April 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, CA: 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.
- “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, 2011. https://books.openedition.org/cemca/197
- “Mediterranean Slavery, New World Transformations: Galley Slaves in the Spanish Caribbean, 1578-1635.” Slavery & Abolition 31:3 (2010): 327-344.
- “Nharas and Morenas Horras: A Luso-African Model for the Social History of the Spanish Caribbean, c.1570-1640.” The Journal of Early Modern History 14:1-2 (2010): 119-150.
- “My Friend Nicolas Mongoula: Africans, Indians, and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Mobile.” In Coastal Encounters: The Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Richmond F. Brown, 117-131. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
COLLABORATIVE DIGITAL PROJECTS
- Coauthor, with Carl Wise: “African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, & the Atlantic World.” College of Charleston LDHI, Feb 2014 ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/african_laborers_for_a_new_emp
- Field assistant, 2009: British Library Endangered Archive Programme project “Creating a Digital Archive of Afro-Colombian History and Culture,” directed by Pablo F. Gómez eap.bl.uk/project/EAP255
- Contributor of data, 2008-2020: Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, directed by David Eltis slavevoyages.org
- Field assistant (2004 and 2006, Cuba) for Slave Societies Digital Archive, directed by Jane G. Landers slavesocieties.org; partial transcription of Havana parish records slavesocieties.org/node/45