James Almeida

James Almeida

Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumnus 2022
James  Almeida

James Almeida is a PhD Candidate in Latin American History and student affiliate of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University. He will complete the PhD in 2022 with a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Almeida’s research interests include historical constructions of human difference, especially race, gender, and sexuality; as well as the ways ordinary people encountered the colonial and republican states in Latin America and the broader Atlantic world. His dissertation is titled “Minting Slavery in the Colonial Andes: Labor and Race in Potosí and Lima,” which explores the entangled development of race, labor, and crime within the silver mints in these two cities between 1565 and 1825. Almeida has conducted research in Bolivia, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States funded by the American Historical Association, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, The Casa de Velazquez, the John Carter Brown Library, and Harvard University. He recently published an article based on this research in the Colonial Latin American Review (2021) called “Suspicion Possession: Policing Silver and Making Race in Colonial Potosí.”