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Viviana Quintero Márquez

Viviana Quintero Márquez is a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at Vanderbilt University where she works with Professor Jane Landers. In 2016, she received a M.A. degree in Latin American and Caribbean History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research and publications explore how the human body, disease, medicine, and death relate to Colombian, Afro-Atlantic, and Colonial history. She is writing a dissertation entitled “El Africa in America: Black Life, Rebellion, and Economic Revival in the Atlantic World of Cartagena de Indias, 1720 –1810.” Viviana Quintero have been awarded the SSRC-Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2020-21), an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library (upcoming 2021), a Ph.D. grant from the Colombian State (2014), and an Honorable Mention from the Latin American Studies Association (2012). Her most recent article “Soldiers, Militias, and Tamboreros Cabildantes in Bocachica and Cartagena de Indias, 1741-1970” appeared in The Latin Americanist in March 2019. Over the last four years she has helped curate the Manuel and Delia Zapata Olivella Special Collection and contribute to the Slave Societies Digital Archive both located at Vanderbilt University. In addition to her academic work in the United States, Viviana Quintero has participated as a researcher for the Colombian Historical Memory Commission, has worked as an advisor for Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General on issues of sexual violence, and contributed to an experimental judicial investigation that focused on emblematic cases of violence in the Colombian armed conflict. She has also been a columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador.