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BA Universidad de Los Andes, 2008
PhD University of Michigan, 2018
Ana M. Silva is a historian of race, gender, and the law in colonial Latin American cities. Her book manuscript, Roots in Stone and Slavery, studies the formation of religious, gendered, and increasingly racialized hierarchies in Cartagena de Indias, the main port for the trade in African captives in Spanish South America during the seventeenth century. Drawing on insights from urban ecology studies, Roots in Stone and Slavery examines how the political economy of the slave trade generated intense local competition over urban spaces, real estate, and property in persons.