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Fuentes, Marisa

fuentesmarisaAssociate Professor


Tel: 848-932-8416

Office: RDJC 214





Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., UC Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Professor Fuentes's current manuscript, The Archives of Slavery: Gender, Power and Sexuality in Eighteenth Century Urban Caribbean, explores the spatial, historical, and symbolic confinement enslaved women experienced in two eighteenth-century British Atlantic port cities: Bridgetown, Barbados and Charleston, South Carolina. Grounded in archival research and recent scholarship on gender and enslavement, Professor Fuentes is interested understanding how the construction of legal, architectural and historical "spaces" marked enslaved women's bodies and experiences, in life and death. Her work brings together critical historiography, historical geography, anthropology and black feminist theory in her analyses of enslaved women in the urban Atlantic. Her broad research interests include post-colonial theory and analyses of sexuality and gender in the early Black Atlantic World.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University 2009-2010
  • Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 2007-2009
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow 2006
  • Fulbright Fellow, Barbados 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
  • Association of Caribbean Historians
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
  • American Historical Association


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