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Center For Africana Studies

Ben Vinson, III

Ben Vinson, III

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A Latin American historian with particular interests in race relations and the African Diaspora, Vinson joined the faculty as a professor in the History Department and served as director of the Center for Africana Studies until 2010. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Vinson was an associate professor at Penn State University, and he taught previously at Barnard College. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, National Humanities Center, Social Science Research Council, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Ford, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations.

An expert on colonial Mexico, Vinson is interested broadly in the 19th and 20th centuries and transnational networks, including the experiences between African Americans and Latinos. His books include Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (2001); Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico (2004); Afromexico (2004); and, with Herbert Klein, African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2nd edition (2007). Vinson received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1992 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1998.

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