I studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Havana. I then took a Masters in Comparative History and a PhD in History at the University of Essex. After concluding my PhD I went on to teach at the universities of Essex and Nottingham before coming to Leeds in 2006.
My research focuses on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. I am also a contributor to The Washington Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and Al Jazeera in English.
In 2014 I was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhume Prize in History, given every year to researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. I have been a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center's Afro-Latin American Institute (Harvard University) and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University).
I am currently working on a new project that will examine western policies to suppress ‘piracy’ in the nineteenth century across the world.
Source: University of Leeds