Assistant Professor of Iberian Atlantic History
Office Location: Lowenstein Building 415E
Phone: (212) 636-6980
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
Lowenstein Building, Suite 422
113 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Yuko Miki is a historian of the Iberian Atlantic World. Her work explores the ways in which slavery and freedom bound together the lives of women and men in nineteenth-century Brazil with various corners of the Atlantic, from the Americas to Europe and Africa.
Professor Miki is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Insurgent Geographies: Blacks, Indians, and the Making of Postcolonial Brazil, which places black and indigenous people at the center of a Brazilian nation-building process that was based on territorial consolidation, slavery expansion, and violent indigenous conquest. Beginning with the last years of Portuguese colonial rule, it demonstrates how the marginalization of both black and indigenous people was central to the new inequalities forged in postcolonial Latin American nations such as Brazil, whether in terms of citizenship, race, or geography. Through stories slaves and maroons, Indians and settlers, the book also reveals how black and indigenous people shaped Brazil's postcolonial history by expressing their own stakes in the new nation's social, political, and economic terrain.
Professor Miki’s next project is tentatively entitled Brazilian Atlantic: Slavery and Freedom in the Age of Abolition. It investigates the overlapping geographies of the Middle Passage, capitalism, abolitionism, and internal migration in the mid-nineteenth century, focusing on the persistence of slavery and the precariousness of freedom during the age of Atlantic World abolitions. Traveling between Brazil, Portugal, England, the U.S., Nigeria, and Angola, this project integrates the history of slavery and abolition in postcolonial Brazil with that of the Lusophone and Anglophone Atlantic worlds. A fellowship from Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition will be supporting Professor Miki’s research in Spring 2015.
Her publications include "Fleeing into Slavery: The Insurgent Geographies of Brazilian Quilombolas (Maroons), 1880-1881" (2012). This article received the Best Article Prize from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Brazil Section and the Nupur Chaudhuri Best First Article Prize from the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH). She is also the author of "Slave and Citizen in Black and Red: Reconsidering the Intersection of African and Indigenous Slavery in Postcolonial Brazil," in Slavery and Abolition (2014). She serves on the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Prior to joining the Fordham history faculty, Professor Miki was on the history faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.
At Fordham, Professor Miki currently offers the UHC 1400: Latin America and HIST 3955: Slavery & Freedom in the Atlantic World. She is also a member of the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALSI) faculty.
B.A. Brown University
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University
“Slave and Citizen in Black and Red: Reconsidering the Intersection of African and Indigenous Slavery in Postcolonial Brazil.” Slavery & Abolition 35, no. 1 (2014): 1-22.
“Fleeing into Slavery: the Insurgent Geographies of Brazilian Quilombolas (Maroons), 1880-1881.” The Americas 68, no. 4 (2012): 495-528.
* Winner of the 2013 Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Brazil Section Best Article Prize
* Winner of the 2013 Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) Nupur Chaudhuri Prize for Best First Article
“Fugir para a escravidão: as geografías insurgentes dos quilombolas de São Mateus, ES, 1880-1881.” Portuguese version of “Fleeing into Slavery.” In Flávio Gomes and Petrônio Domingues, eds., Políticas da raça entre experiências e legados da abolição e da pós-emancipação no Brasil, forthcoming from Editora Selo Negro (Brazil).
“Diasporic Africans and Postcolonial Brazil: Notes on the Intersection of Diaspora, Transnationalism, and Nation.” História Unisinos 15, no. 1 (2011): 126-130.