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 emergence of the information state.
At present, I am Assistant Professor of History 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. More recently, my work has been supported by the Trierer Kolleg für Mittelalter und Frühe Neuzeit at the Universität Trier. I earned a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University (2016), a B.A. from The City College of New York (2011), and an A.A. from LaGuardia Community College (2008).