Elena A. Schneider

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
By appointment
2210 Dwinelle

Ph.D. in History, Princeton University 
M.A. in History, Princeton University
A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in History & Literature, Harvard University


Curriculum Vitae: 
Extended Faculty Field: 
Cuba and the Caribbean; colonial Latin America; The Atlantic World, 1400-1898
Research Interests: 

Elena Schneider is a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic World.  Her research explores the ways that war, trade, and slavery integrated the eighteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic across regional and what would later become national boundaries.  Her current book project, The Occupation of Havana, looks at the British invasion and occupation of Havana in 1762 as an episode in a long history of imperial rivalry over Cuba.  It focuses on the central but often overlooked role that people of African descent played in this event, as well as in the shaping and reshaping of empires during the lead-up to the Age of Revolutions.

For an example of Professor Schneider's teaching, see http://www.blog-berkeleyconnect.berkeley.edu/?p=712#more-712



Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, 2013-
NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, 2011-2013
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, The College of William & Mary, 2011-2013
Selected Awards and Fellowships
Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship, 2015-2016
Maureen Ahern Doctoral Dissertation Award in Colonial Latin American Studies, Finalist, 2014
Naomi Wulf Prize, European Early American Studies Association, 2013
Jacob M. Price Fellowship, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, 2013
Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2010
Barra Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010
Program in Early American Economy & Society Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2010
Prize for Outstanding Scholarship by a Princeton University Graduate Student, 2006
Frederick Sheldon Prize Fellowship, Harvard University, 1999
Susan Anthony Potter Prize, Havard University, 1999
Representative Publications: 

The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World (Omohundro Institute/UNC Press, forthcoming)

"African Slavery and Spanish Empire: Imperial Imaginings and Bourbon Reform in Eighteenth-century Cuba and Beyond," Journal of Early American History, 5:1 (2015): 3-29.

"Esclavitud y libertad en tiempos de guerra: Respuestas al sitio británico de La Habana, 1762-1763," Revista de Indias (forthcoming).

"Cuba," Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History, ed. by Trevor Burnard, Oxford University Press (www.oxfordbibliographies.com).

“Testerian Hieroglyphs: Language, Colonization, and Conversion in Colonial Mexico,” Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. LXIX, No. 1 (Autumn 2007): pp. 9-42; selected for publication by the committee of the Prize for Outstanding Scholarship by a Princeton University Graduate Student

Recent Book Reviews:
Gerald Horne, Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow (New York: Monthly Review, 2014) in Journal of American History, 102:3 (December 2015)
Michele Reid-Vazquez, The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-century Atlantic World (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), in Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, 13.3/13.4
Manuel Barcia, The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2012) in Journal of Latin American Studies 46:1 (February 2014)



Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 280E The Atlantic World
Fall 2016 100E.002 Special Topics in Latin American History: Cuba in World History
Fall 2016 275E.001 Survey: Latin American History
Spring 2015 121A Colonial US
Spring 2015 285E.001 The Atlantic World
Spring 2014 280E/285E.001 The Atlantic World
Spring 2014 100E.001 Cuba in World History
Spring 2014 280/285U.002 The Atlantic World