I began studying the history of Iberia and Latin America as an undergraduate exchange student at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. My book Tropical Versailles (2001) examined the ways in which the transfer of the Portuguese royal court to Rio de Janeiro in 1808 transformed understandings of monarchy and empire. My current research examines empire, wealth and difference in the eighteenth-century Brazil. At Seton Hall, I teach courses on Latin America’s history.
- Ph.D. History, New York University
- M.A. History, New York University
- B.A. History and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
- "Gender: Structures and Roles."Co-authored with Allyson Poska. The Iberian World, 1450-1820. Edited by Fernando Bouza, Pedro Cardim and Antonio Feros. New York: Routledge, 2019.
- "News of the Conquests: narrating the eighteenth-century Portuguese Empire." Hispanic Review 86, no.3 (2018)
- "Atlantic Transformations and Brazil's Imperial Independence." In John Tutino, ed. New Countries: Capitalism, Revolutions, and Nations in the Americas, 1750-1870. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016
- "Learning to obey: education, authority, and governance in the early eighteenth-century Portuguese Empire,” Atlantic Studies, Global Currents v.12, n.4 (2015)
- "Slavery, Empire, and Civilization: a Luso-Brazilian Defense of the Slave Trade in the Age of Revolutions"
Slavery and Abolition v.34, n.1: 98-117, March 2013
- Sol Oriens in Occiduo: Representations of the city and empire in eighteenth-century Brazil (book chapter)
In Liam Brockey (Ed.) Portuguese Colonial Cities in the Early Modern World, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, December 2008
- La Independencia de Brasil, la Ciudadanía, y el Problema de la Esclavitud: la Assembléia Constituinte de 1823 (book chapter), In Jaime E. Rodriguez O. (Ed.), Revolución, Independencia, y las Nuevas Naciones de América, Madrid: MAPFRE/Tavera, June 2005
- Tropical Versailles: Empire, Monarchy, and the Portuguese Royal Court in Rio de Janeiro 1808-1821
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2011
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2010
- Major Cultures Fellowship, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1999
- American Association of University Women, Dissertation Fellowship, 1997-1998
- Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1997
- Fulbright Scholarship, Brazil, 1995-1996