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Joseph Clark
Assistant Professor

I am a social and cultural historian of the early modern Atlantic world, with thematic interests in African diaspora, contraband trade, and environment and climate.

My current book project is Witchcraft and Contraband in the Early Modern Caribbean. It examines of the intersections of folk healing, spiritual practice, and informal trade in the Caribbean (ca. 1600-1640). I am especially interested in how Caribbean people adapted the natural world into their spiritual and economic practices.

My first book, Veracruz and the Caribbean in the Seventeenth Century, examined the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The book elaborates Veracruz's material relationships with the Caribbean Islands, demonstrating how exchanges of environment, goods, and people laid the groundwork for social and cultural institutions that, in turn, defined local concepts of race, caste, and ethnicity in coastal Mexico that differed significantly from those in the interior.

I teach courses on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic World from the colonial period to the present, as well as thematic and global courses on the histories of environment, empire, disaster, and race.​​​

Contact Information
1757 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1859
BA, Boston University, 2010
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
Research Interests
  • Early Modern Atlantic World
  • Slavery and African Diaspora
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Environmental History
  • History
  • Social Theory
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies