Welcome! I am Fidel J. Tavárez, a historian of the early modern Spanish Atlantic with a particular focus on issues of political economy, political culture, and imperial governance. Broadly speaking, my research explores how the Hispanic world—including Spain and Latin America—governed, harnessed, and adapted to the effects of early modern globalization and mercantile capitalism. Additionally, my research and teaching interests include the Age of Revolutions, slavery and the Atlantic world, and the history of knowledge and statecraft.
I currently hold an assistant professorship in the History Department at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). I previously held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Global History of the Freie Universität Berlin and a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. I earned a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University (2016), a B.A. in history from The City College of New York (2011), and an A.A. in social sciences and humanities from LaGuardia Community College (2008).