Thursday, October 29 marks the publication launch of Dr. Juan José Ponce-Vázquez’s new book, Islanders and Empire: Smuggling and Political Defiance in Hispaniola, 1580–1690, from Cambridge University Press. Ponce-Vázquez’s study examines the complex role that smuggling played in the life of the Spanish Caribbean. With a rare focus on local peoples and communities, Islanders and Empire explores the ways in which residents of Hispaniola transformed the empire for their own benefit—and how in doing so they altered forever the course of […]
Assistant Professor Juan Ponce-Vázquez was interviewed by Historias, the podcast of the Southeastern Conference of Latin American Studies, this week. Professor Ponce-Vázquez discuss his research on smuggling in the seventeenth century Spanish Caribbean, as well as his writing strategies for finishing the first book, the value of social media, work-life balance, and what lays on his research horizon. The complete podcast is available the SECOLAS website.