Eduardo Dawson

Student Historian

Eduardo Dawson is originally from Portland, Oregon and received a B.A. in History & a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon. He later obtained an M.A. in Hispanic Literature and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Currently, he attends the University of Notre Dame where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in History. Dawson studies African subject formation in colonial Latin America. He is interested in the varied experiences this group had with the Catholic religion as an institutional and spiritual reality. By studying these intriguing processes he hopes to gain insights into African subject formation in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Beyond these initial concerns, he is intrigued by how diasporic identity formation can be analyzed to better understand the successes and failures of multicultural projects. He argues that it is fascinating how these concepts can be studied in an ‘early modern’ context while still bearing extraordinary relevance today as we all are affected by dominant narratives, locating sites of solidarity, and grappling with ‘the other.’

Ladinos and Bozales: A Brief Early History of Africans in Colombia: 1500-1800

Few people realize that the percentage of people of African ancestry in the South American nation of Colombia (7%) is slightly more than half the percentage of people of African ancestry in the United States (13%). Yet we know even less about the origins of … Read MoreLadinos and Bozales: A Brief Early History of Africans in Colombia: 1500-1800