Kara Schultz is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Atlantic history, working under the direction of Dr. Jane Landers. She is currently completing her dissertation, which examines the slave trade between West Central Africa, Brazil, and the Río de la Plata during the 16th and 17th centuries. Her article, “‘The Kingdom of Angola is Not Very Far from Here’: The South Atlantic Slave Port of Buenos Aires, 1585-1640,” was published in the September 2015 issue of Slavery and Abolition.
Kara has presented her work at annual meetings of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (Santa Fe, 2016), the American Historical Association (New York, 2015; Washington, D.C., 2014), the Grupo de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos (Buenos Aires, 2015), the Centro de História de Além-Mar (Lisbon, 2013), as well as in workshops held at the College of William and Mary (2016), the Universidad de Sevilla (2014), the Harriet Tubman Institute (Toronto, 2013) and the Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda, 2012).
Her dissertation research in Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant (2015), College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Awards (2014, 2012), a Dissertation Enhancement Grant (2012), and a Title VI Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (2011).
Kara is currently website coordinator for the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Database.