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Assistant Professor
418 Pauli Murray Hall
Office Hours: W 1:30-3:30 pm and by appointment
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BA Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia), 2008
MA University of Michigan, 2013
PhD University of Michigan, 2018

Research Interests

Dr. Ana María Silva Campo is a historian of race, gender, religion, and the law in colonial Latin American cities. In her current book project, Crossing the Half-Moon Bridge, she 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. The book examines the tension between the political economy of the trade in African captives and Spain’s imperial project to enforce religious orthodoxy. Using the financial archives of the tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition in Cartagena, “Crossing the Half-Moon Bridge” shows how the Inquisition transformed the city by confiscating and reselling the houses of free women of African descent while preserving the networks that sustained the trade in African captives during the seventeenth century. Dr. Silva Campo’s research for this project has been supported by the American Council for Learned Societies.

Some Notable Publications

“Through the Gate of the Media Luna: Slavery and the Geographies of Legal Status in Colonial Cartagena de Indias,” in The Hispanic American Historical Review 100: 3 (August 2020): 391-421.

“Fragile Fortunes: Afro-descended Women, Property Seizures, and the Remaking of Urban Cartagena,” in Colonial Latin American Review 30: 2 (May 2021): 197-213.

Graduate Students

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  • Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • History 89: First Year Seminar: Witchcraft and Magic in the Early Modern World
  • History 142: Latin America Under Colonial Rule
  • History 280: Women and Gender in Latin America
  • History 314: Law and Society in Latin America