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Fernanda Bretones Lane

Fernanda Bretones Lane is a fifth year doctoral candidate working with Dr. Jane Landers. Her interests relate to  Latin American History and the history of slavery in the Atlantic World. Her dissertation focuses on inter-colonial migration in the Early Modern Caribbean, particularly the movement of enslaved peoples across imperial borders motivated by what historians call the "Spanish religious sanctuary policy."

She is the recipient of several research grants which have supported her work in archives in Europe and in the Caribbean, including: FAPESP (São Paulo), A&S Latin American Studies Field Research Award (Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt), Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowship (Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami), The Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Summer Fellowship (History Department, Vanderbilt), The James R. Scobie Award (The Conference on Latin American History), Tinker Field Research Travel Award (Center for Latin American Studies), and the Lapidus–OIEAHC Fellowship for Graduate Research in Slavery and Print Culture in the Early American and transatlantic world (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture). In the fall of 2017, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt, Germany).

Her work has benefitted from feedback received in different academic events in which she participated, such as LASA (Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, IL, May 2014), the International Meeting of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Historians (Vienna, Austria, September 2014), the International Graduate Student Conference in Transatlantic History (UT-Arlington, TX, September 2015), and the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies (Hutchins Center at Harvard, Cambridge, 2017).

Fernanda's commitment to the Digital Humanities and to Inter-Disciplinary activities are exemplified in her contributions to the ESSSS Project --Ecclesiastical & Secular Sources for Slave Societies (as a team member digitizing endangered documents in Ceiba Mocha, Cuba, in 2014, and her continued contribution as a transcriber); the online exhibit on Afro-Colombian intellectual Manuel Zapata Olivella she co-created when she was a Library Dean's Fellow (fall 2014); and her role as co-coordinator of the Brazilian Studies Reading Group, a student-led seminar sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities (AY 2014-2015 and 2015-2016). She has also served as a VIP (Vanderbilt International Peer) leader, helping incoming international students transition into their new life at Vanderbilt.