History

David Stark, D-1-216 MAK, (616) 331-3174, starkd@gvsu.edu

Associate Professor of History

Fields: Early Latin America, Spanish Caribbean

Degrees: BA, MA, Ph.D, Indiana University

As a historian of colonial Latin America, I am particularly interested in enslaved populations of the Spanish Caribbean My work focuses on the demography and family life of slaves in eighteenth-century Puerto Rico. I am currently working on a study of slave society in eighteenth-century Puerto Rico drawing upon parish baptismal, marriage, and death registers.

Research Interests

Spanish Caribbean

Slave demography

Family history

Clergy

Courses

HST 204 World Civilizations since 1500

HST 330 Early Latin America

HST 331 Modern Latin America

HST 334 The Making of the Caribbean

HST 372 From Slavery to Freedom

HST 374 Revolutions in the Americas

HST 495 Cuban Revolution

Publications

“Una aproximación al clero puertorriqueño del siglo XVIII:  El clero y el curato de San Felipe Apóstol de Arecibo (1708-1791.” Caribbean Studies. 38:1 (2010): 59-104.

“Making the Most of Their Time: Seasonality of Slave Marriage in Eighteenth-Century Puerto Rico.” Colonial Latin American Review. 19:2 (2010): 323-349.

“A New Look at the African Slave Trade in Puerto Rico Through the Use of Parish

Registers: 1660 to 1815.” Slavery & Abolition. 30:4 (2009): 491-520.

“Parish Registers as a Window to the Past: Reconstructing the Demographic Behavior of the Enslaved Population in Eighteenth-Century Arecibo, Puerto Rico.” Colonial Latin American Historical Review. 15:1 (2006): 1-30.

“There Is No City Here, but a Desert: The Contours of City Life in 1673 San Juan.” The Journal of Caribbean History. 42:2 (2008): 255-289.

“Rescued from their Invisibility: The Afro-Puerto Ricans of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century San Mateo de Cangrejos, Puerto Rico.” The Americas. 63:4 (2007): 551-586.

“Poder politico y vínculos socials en el Puerto Rico del siglo XVIII: La genealogía de Faustino Martínez de Matos, fundador de Mayagüez.” La Revista del Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. 21:1 (2006): 38-47.

“Aprovechándose de las oportunidades: Buscando el momento oportuno para contraer matrimonio entre la población esclava de Puerto Rico a través del siglo XVIII.” Caribbean Studies. 33:1 (2005): 177-203.

“The Family Tree Is Not Cut: Marriage among Slaves in Eighteenth-Century Puerto Rico.” New West Indian Guide. 76:1&2 (2002): 23-45.

“Surviving Slavery: Marriage Strategies among the Eighteenth Century Puerto

Rican Slave Population.” In Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of

Black People in Diaspora, ed. by Darlene Clark Hine and Jacqueline

McLeod, 246-81. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

“Marriage Strategies among the Eighteenth Century Puerto Rican Slave Population: Demographic Evidence from the Pre-Plantation Period.” Caribbean Studies. 29:2 (1996): 185-212.

“Discovering the Invisible Puerto Rican Slave Family: Demographic Evidence from the Eighteenth Century.” Journal of Family History. 21:4 (1996): 395-418.

“Creando su propia comunidad: La selección de padrinos y el compadrazgo entre la población esclava de Puerto Rico durante el siglo XVIII.” La Revista del Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. 19:2 (1994): 2-10.

 

For more information, please see Professor Stark's curriculum vitae.

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