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John Marquez

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

John Marquez joined the History Department at Colorado College in the fall of 2020. Before coming to Colorado Springs, he earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2019) and was a Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine (2019-2020). His research focuses on the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century. He is interested in race, empire, global history, and film. 

Currently, he is working on a book manuscript that explores the entangled histories of freedom, law, and the colonial archive in the South Atlantic world. He was recently awarded an Omohundro Institute-National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the completion and publication of this book. His article, “Witnesses to Freedom: A Counterarchive of Memory and Testimony in the South Atlantic World,” will be published in 2021 in the Hispanic American Historical Review and explores the multigenerational struggle of one enslaved family to gain their freedom in Rio de Janeiro.

At Colorado College, he teaches on various aspects of Latin American and Caribbean history, emphasizing their transnational, transimperial, and global dimensions. During the 2020-2021 academic year, he will co-teach the department’s Junior Seminar, and offer courses on revolts and uprisings, Brazil, and global Latin America.


    Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    M.A., American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

    B.A., History, California State University, Long Beach