I am an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I teach courses on European history, the Age of Revolutions, and the history of disasters. I am also a Faculty Affiliate of the Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR) at Mount Royal University. I specialize in the history of science, medicine, and the environment, especially catastrophe and crisis management, in eighteenth-century France and the Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds. I have also published on digital and computational history and the future of the historical profession. My work has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Stat News, the Miami Herald, and El Nuevo Herald. I’ve been a guest on BBC World News, Univisión, Al-Jazeera, and others.
My current book project, The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World (under advance contract with Cambridge University Press), is a transnational study of the Plague of Provence of 1720 (“Great Plague of Marseille”), one of the last outbreaks of plague in Western Europe. By tracing responses to the threat of infection throughout a network of major eighteenth-century port cities, I explore the ways in which the crisis influenced society, politics, and commerce beyond France, in neighboring regions, and in the Atlantic and Pacific colonies.
I am also the editor of a volume on disaster and risk in the Gulf South that was published in January 2018 (publisher’s website & Amazon). In my research and in the classroom, I aim to tie my work to the present as much as possible – to emphasize the relevance of historical study in the modern world. This edited volume, then, is a product of these efforts, and of my personal interest in the region in which I grew up.
I have conducted archival research in cities across the Atlantic, including Paris, Aix, Marseille, Madrid, Cádiz, Seville, London, Lisbon, Venice, Genoa, Rome, New Orleans, and Washington DC, and I have presented my research at annual meetings for the American Historical Association, the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and others.
I am also a digital humanist, and I am co-founder, executive editor, and contributor for the academic blog, www.AgeofRevolutions.com, which explores themes and moments in the history of revolutions. A first generation Cuban-American, I was raised in Miami, Florida, where I discovered my passion for history, and became interested in revolutionary and disaster studies. For more on this, see my post, “The Cuban Revolution & Me.”
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