Adriana Chira Department of History Emory University 221 Bowden Hall Atlanta, GA 30307 Email: [email protected] EMPLOYMENT Assistant Professor of Atlantic World History, Emory University (since June 2016).
EDUCATION Ph.D. Anthropology and History, University of Michigan (2016). • Dissertation title: Uneasy Intimacies: Race, Family, and Property in Santiago de Cuba, 1803-1868. • Dissertation committee: Jesse-Hoffnung-Garskof (co-chair), Rebecca Scott (co-chair), Paulina Alberto, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Jean Hébrard, Martha Jones. • Preliminary exams: Ethnology; Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World; the Colonial and National Periods in Latin America. Passed with distinction. M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Cornell University (2008). B.A. Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University (King’s College) (2005). • First Class (King’s College Scholar) and Doncaster Prize in History and Social and Political Sciences.
AREAS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING EXPERTISE Latin American history (especially Cuba and Brazil); Caribbean history; slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean and the Atlantic World; Spain in Africa during the nineteenth century; comparative studies of race; gender and the family in slave and postemancipation societies; labor systems; citizenship and human rights; social history; world history; memory and public history.
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND GRANTS Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Fellowship, the Hutchins Center, Harvard University (May 2016). Lydia Cabrera Award, Conference on Latin American History, AHA (2016). Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan (2015-2016). Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Award, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, University of Michigan (2014-2015). Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (20122013). Public History Institute fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University (July 2013). Rackham International Research Award, University of Michigan (2012). Rackham John d’Arms Research Award, University of Michigan (Spring/Summer 2013). Casa de Velázquez (École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques) research award, Madrid (September 2012). Scobie Award for Preliminary Dissertation Research, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History, AHA (Summer 2011). International Institute Individual Fellowship, University of Michigan (Summer 2011). FLAS-Portuguese, Academic Year Award, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, University of Michigan (2010-2011). University of Cambridge Overseas Trust Fellowship (2002-2005).
PUBLICATIONS Under Review “Fama and Property in Freedom Suits in Santiago de Cuba, 1820-1865,” under revision for the Law and History Review.
Book Reviews Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution, by Ada Ferrer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), New West Indian Guide 90.3-4 (2016). Conceiving Freedom: Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro, by Camilla Cowling (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), Bulletin of Latin American Research 35.2 (2016). Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, by Josep Maria Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, eds. (London: Berghahn Books, 2012), The Historian (forthcoming). The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas, by Manuel Barcia (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012), New West Indian Guide 88 (2014): 85-229. Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, by Gloria García (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), New West Indian Guide 87.3-4(2013): 383-385.
TEACHING At Emory University: History 285: Globalization: the Atlantic World, Emory University (fall 2016). History 385: Slavery and Human Trafficking in World History (spring 2017). History 489RW: Cuba in World History (spring 2017).
Teaching Assistanships: Anthropology 320: Mexican Culture, taught by Prof. David Frye. Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan (Winter 2014). Graduate Student Mentor for the undergraduate thesis entitled “What Makes Food Good: The Practices and Moralities of Giving and Receiving Food in Ann Arbor,” Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan (Winter 2014). The student, Courtney Weber, received Best Undergraduate Dissertation Prize from the Department of Anthropology and the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award from the Honors Program at the University of Michigan.
History 347/Anthropology 346: Colonial Latin America, taught by Prof. Rebecca Scott. Department of History, University of Michigan (Fall 2011). Grader for Middle Ages and Modern Problems: A Survey of Medieval People and Ideas Influencing the Western Tradition, taught by Prof. Michael Phelan. Department of History, University of Michigan (Spring/Summer 2010). Anthropology 102: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology, taught by Prof. Annelise Riles. Department of Anthropology, Cornell University (Spring 2008). Anthropology 200: Cultural Diversity (writing-intensive course), taught by Prof. Magnus Fieskejo. Department of Anthropology, Cornell University (Fall 2007). Anthropology 102: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology, taught by Prof. Annelise Riles. Department of Anthropology, Cornell University (Spring 2007).
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS “The Politics of Owning: Family, Property, and Slave Ownership among Women of Color in Santiago de Cuba, 1828-1868,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 2016. “Social Hierarchy and Color Status in Santiago de Cuba, 1845-1865,” Black Atlantic Symposium (competitively selected), History Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, October 2-3, 2015. “’Una libertad llena de trabas [A Freedom with Further Bonds]:’ Free People of Color, Property, and Social Networks in Santiago de Cuba, 1845-1865,” Summer Academy in Atlantic History (competitively selected), Lancaster University, U.K., August 25-28, 2015. “To Hold ‘as if Free’: Family, Property, and Slavery in Santiago de Cuba, 1820-1846,” The Latin American Studies Association Meetings, San Juan, May 28, 2015. “‘She still sold me like an animal’: Family and Property in Santiago de Cuba, 18031868,” Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, February 2015. “Between una vida vagabunda and Whitening: Strategies of Consolidating Freedom among People of Color in Santiago de Cuba after the Haitian Revolution, 1814-1846,” Statuts, “races” et couleur dans l’Atlantique de l’Antiquité à nos jours: Les libres de couleur dans l’éspace atlantique, Université de Nantes, February 13-14, 2014. “Entre memoria y actualidad: Haití como símbolo y presencia política en Oriente, 18171880,” presented at the workshop Cuba y la plantación esclavista: El territorio y el paisaje social, organized by the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Havana and the Universitat Jaume I (Spain), Havana, November 9-10, 2013. Adriana Chira
“Race and Property: New Orleans Afro-Creoles and the Political Imaginary of a Revolutionary Caribbean, 1840-1890,” presented at the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Pensacola, October 10-12, 2013. “Visiones vernáculas del abolicionismo inglés en Cuba,” Hacer hablar los documentos, Instituto de Cultura Juan Marinello, Havana, March 2, 2011.
IN-CLASS LECTURES “Castas in Colonial Latin America,” lecture delivered in History 346: Colonial Latin America, University of Michigan, November 2014. “Slaves in the Courtroom in Eastern Cuba,” lecture delivered in Spanish 485: AfroHispanic Language, University of Michigan, November 2014. “Úrsula de Jesús: Race, Gender, and Religion in Seventeenth-Century Lima,” lecture delivered in History 346: Colonial Latin America, University of Michigan, October 2011.
SERVICE “Caribbean Borderlands during the Long Nineteenth Century: Geographic Mobility, Social Experiments, and Radicalism on the Fringes of Empire and Nation-States,” panel organizer, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 2016. Student coordinator for the Anthro-History workshops and reading groups (2010-2011, 2014-2015). Intern at the Clements Library, University of Michigan. Inventorying Latin American manuscripts (winter 2014). Graduate student admissions representative, Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History (Winter 2014). Intern at the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Graduate Library (Fall 2009): involved in digitization initiatives. Copyeditor for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (January 2006-September 2007).
ARCHIVAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Archivo Nacional de Cuba (Havana), Biblioteca Nacional “José Martí”(Havana), Archivo Histórico Provincial de Santiago de Cuba (Santiago), Archivo del Arzobispado de Santiago de Cuba (Santiago), Biblioteca Elvira Cape (Santiago), Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid), Museo Naval (Madrid), Archivo Militar (Madrid), Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid), Archivo General de la Administración (Alcalá de Henares), Archivo General de Indias (Seville), New Orleans Public Library—The Louisiana Division, Historic New Orleans Collection, The Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans, The Amistad Center (New Orleans), New Orleans Notarial Archives, Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer (Aix-en-Provence), British National Library (London), National Archives (Kew, London).
RESEARCH LANGUAGES Spanish, French, Portuguese (reading)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS American Historical Association Conference on Latin American History American Society for Legal History The Law in Slavery and Freedom Project, University of Michigan Instituto Juan Marinello (Havana) (2010-2013) Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Havana)