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Jorge Delgadillo Nunez

Jorge E. Delgadillo Núñez is a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University with research interests in Colonial Mexico, the African Diaspora, and the Atlantic World. His dissertation explores identity change, and social stratification in Mexico, with a focus on Guadalajara from the 17th to the 19th century. More particularly, his project analyses the emergence of black and mulatto identities in 17th century Guadalajara, their transformations during the 18th century, and their disappearance in the early 19th century.

    He is the author of “The Workings of Calidad: Honor, Governance, and Social Hierarchies in the Corporations of the Spanish Empire”, to be published in The Americas (April 2019) and of “Los debates sobre la esclavitud en el mundo Atlántico, la construcción del Estado-Nación y la idea de Hispanoamérica en la prensa Mexicana, 1840-1860”, to be published in Historia Mexicana -the oldest and most prestigious journal of history in Mexico- also scheduled to appear in early 2019. In addition, he has authored a chapter in an edited book (University of Guadalajara, 2016), and book reviews in Mexican journals (Letras Históricas, 2011; and Historia Mexicana, April 2018).

     His research has been funded by a Tinker Summer Award (2016), a James R. Scobie Award, granted by the Conference of Latin American History (2017), and a Summer Research Award from the College of Arts and Science (2018). Jorge is also a team member of the Slave Societies Digital Archive (formerly ESSSS), where he has had the opportunity to transcribe 16th, 17th, and 18th, century documents. During the Fall of 2016 he was a Library Fellow at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University, where he collaborated in the creation of a database for the J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana, as well as curated an online exhibit with documents from the collection (available online: His advisors are Jane Landers and Edward Wright-Ríos, he also works closely with Celso T. Castilho.