Atlantic World history refers to relationships and interactions between the peoples of the Americas, Africa and Europe, from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century, as these regions came to constitute a single, integrated system, joined rather than separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Its study focuses on themes such as migration and colonialism; the African slave trade, New World slavery and its abolition; trans-oceanic commerce and the development of history’s first worldwide cash economy; violence, mixing and transculturation among Europeans, Africans and indigenous Americans; negotiation of knowledge about medicine, geography and the natural world; and the evolution of imperial systems and the wars of Independence.

The Department of History at Brown University includes eleven scholars who research and teach on the Atlantic World, with special focus on North America, Mexico, the Andes, Brazil, the Caribbean, Angola, and the British Isles, along with their interrelationships. Members of the group have leadership positions at the John Carter Brown Library (among the world’s best rare-book libraries for the Americas in the Atlantic World) and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and are active in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Andean Project.


Karin Wulf

Gabriel de Avilez Rocha

Benjamin Hein

Neil F. Safier

Daniel A. Rodriguez