Karen Racine

Cover photo of the book: The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500-2000


  • Ph.D.: Tulane University, 1996
  • M.A.: Tulane University, 1991
  • B.A.: University of Saskatchewan, 1989


  • Associate Professor, University of Guelph, 2003 -
  • Visiting Research Professor, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 2006
  • Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University, 1997 - 2003
  • Visiting Scholar, Instituto de Investigaciones Dr Jose Maria Luis Mora, Mexico City, 2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, 1999-2000

Research Interests:

  • Latin America
  • Atlantic World 1750-1850
  • travel, exile, national identity, patriotism, liberation
  • Robert Southey and the Luso-Hispanic World
  • Joel R. Poinsett in South America
  • Antonio José de Irisarri (biography)

Most of my work centers on the history and culture of the revolutionary independence period throughout Latin America and the Atlantic World. I am interested in issues of cross-cultural contact, national identity formation, and the creation of patriotic civic cultures from 1780-1830. Currently, I am completing a book on Spanish America independence leaders who lived in London between 1808-1829. This project traces the effect of extended foreign residence on the Spanish Americans' sense of national identity, and also documents the tremendous intellectual and cultural influence that Great Britain exerted upon these men's vision of post-independent nationhood.

Teaching Interests:

  • HIST*1150:  20th Century Global History
  • HIST*2020:  Latin American History on Film
  • HIST*2930:  Women and Cultural Change in Latin America
  • HIST*3150:  History and Culture of Mexico
  • HIST*3420:  Colonial Latin America
  • HIST*4030:  Seminar on Historical Biography
  • HIST*4470:  Independent Research Project

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