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Dr Caroline Williams

Dr Caroline Williams

Dr Caroline Williams
BA, PhD(Warw)

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Office 1.43
15 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 9877


My principal research interests are in the colonisation of indigenous groups on the frontiers of Spain’s empire in the Americas, and cultural and commercial exchanges across imperial boundaries in the Atlantic World. I am currently working on a new study of indigenous-European relations on the contested frontier of Atlantic Honduras and Nicaragua, framed by the Anglo-Spanish conflicts of 1779-1783 and 1796-1802. The first results of that work are published in Slavery and Abolition (2013) and The Americas (2013).

I am also involved in interdiciplinary research with colleagues in Earth Sciences, developing a project that draws on Spanish American documentary sources to study the impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on  climate and colonial societies. I also co-supervise postgraduate students working in this area.

Beyond Bristol, I currently serve as President of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS):


I teach on the following undergraduate units:

  • HISP20046 Nationalism & National Identity in Argentina 1810-1955
  • HISP30032 Conquest and Colonisation: Spanish America, 1492-1700
  • HISP30083 Spain and Portugal in the Atlantic World, 1430-1830

At MA Level, I contribute to a number of core courses:

  • ‘Critical Questions in Latin American Historiography’, for the MA in Latin American History
  • ‘Constructing Identities’, for the Identities and Culture Pathway (MA Modern Languages)
  • ‘Themes in the History of Colonialism’, for MA Empires (Historical Studies).

I also offer two optional units that can be taken by students on any of these programmes and pathways:

Though currently not on offer, I have also taught undergraduate units on the missionary frontiers of the Americas (‘"Spiritual Children"?: Daily Life in the Catholic Missions of Colonial Spanish America'), on the late colonial and independence periods ('Resistance, Rebellion, Independence: Spanish America, 1750-1830), and on nineteenth and twentieth-century Cuba ('Cuba Between The Powers').

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