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Teaching Assistant Professor


B.A., History and Spanish, North Carolina Central University
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Kansas
Ph.D., History, Emory University

Teaching and Research Interests:

Afro-Atlantic visual and material culture; constructions of race in the Iberian-Atlantic world; urban slavery and emancipation; popular Catholicism; and African diasporic religious practices

Current Research:

Alicia L. Monroe is a historian of modern Latin America specializing in the study of slavery, freedom, and black-identified religious and secular associations in nineteenth and twentieth century southeastern Brazil. Her research has received support from the J. William Fulbright Fellowship and the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Her current research project utilizes institutional Catholic Church records to examine the collective activities and organizational aspirations of Afro-Brazilian confraternity members who lived during the height of Brazilian slaveholding in the 1830s to final emancipation in 1888. The study documents the ways self-identified black leaders used church and state recognized associative spaces to demonstrate civic and social belonging and to affirm social and economic status.

Selected Publications:
“Building Black Civic Manhood: The Luiz Gama Masonic Lodge and the Beneficent Society of Men of Color in São Paulo, Brazil, 1894-1914.” In Crossings and Encounters: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Atlantic World, eds. Stephen Berry and Laura Prieto. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2020.

“‘To Govern the Church’: Autonomy and the Consequences of Self-Determination for the Brotherhood of Saint Ephigênia and Saint Elesbão in São Paulo, Brazil, 1888-1890.” Hispanic American Historical Review 97, no.1 (February 2017): 63-94.