Elena A. Schneider

Assistant Professor

Elena Schneider is a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic World. Her teaching focuses on Cuba and the Caribbean, comparative colonialism and slavery, and the Black Atlantic. Professor Schneider's research explores the ways that war, trade, and slavery integrated the Atlantic world 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, a crucial episode of imperial rivalry during the Seven Years' War. 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.


PhD in History, Princeton University

MA in History, Princeton University

AB magna cum laude with highest honors in History & Literature, Harvard University

Faculty Field

Cuba and the Caribbean; colonial Latin America; The Atlantic World, 1400-1898

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 & Fellowships

Hellman Fellowship Award, 2017

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" by Elena Schneider The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World (Omohundro Institute/UNC Press, 2018)

"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.

"Routes into Eighteenth-century Cuban Slavery: African Diaspora and Geopolitics," in From the Galleons to the Highlands: Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas, edited by Alex Borucki, David Eltis, and David Wheat (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming).

"Esclavitud y libertad en tiempos de guerra: Respuestas al sitio británico de La Habana, 1762-1763 [Slavery and Freedom in Times of War: Responses to the British Siege of Havana (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)