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Kara Schultz

ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanties
Lecturer, Department of History

Kara Schultz is an ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities and a Lecturer in Latin American and Atlantic history. Her courses include Modern Latin America and Slave Resistance in the Americas. As Metadata Specialist for the Slave Societies Digital Archive, she trains graduate students in 15th-19th century Spanish and Portuguese paleography, metadata creation, and mapping.


Her book manuscript, 'The Kingdom of Angola is Not Very Far from Here': Slavery in the South Atlantic World, 1580-1680 examines the slave trade and slavery in West Central Africa, Brazil, the Río de la Plata, and a vast region that stretched to Potosí and Santiago de Chile. She is the author of “Interwoven: Slaving in the Southern Atlantic under the Union of the Iberian Crowns, 1580-1640,” published in the Journal of Global Slavery in September 2017, and “‘The Kingdom of Angola is Not Very Far from Here’: The South Atlantic Slave Port of Buenos Aires, 1585-1640,” published in the September 2015 issue of Slavery and Abolition and released in the book Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World: New Sources and New Findings (Routledge, 2017).


She has presented her work at meetings of the American Historical Association, the African Studies Association, the Brazilian Studies Association, the Grupo de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos (Buenos Aires), the Centro de História de Além-Mar (Lisbon), as well as in workshops held in Angola, Spain, and the United States.


Her 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).


In 2017, she will co-direct a British Library Endangered Archives Programme project to digitize endangered ecclesiastical records from the state of Rio de Janeiro.