Maria Barreiros Almeida Reis

PhD Candidate

Latin America and the Caribbean

My work focuses on the transition from Indigenous to African slavery in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Amazonia. My dissertation looks at how European settlers distinguished between Indigenous versus African skill, capacity, and knowledge, as well as how this racial language was used to argue for changes in the institution of slavery more broadly. I work with sources in Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch. 

Research Interests

  • Slavery
  • Early Modern Atlantic Empires
  • Race and Racial Thinking
  • Environmental History 

Prizes and Awards

Bancroft Library Meylan Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, Spring & Fall 2023

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Spring & Fall 2022 

Global, International and Area Studies John L. Simpson ABD Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2021

FLAS Academic Year Award (Dutch), University of California, Berkeley, 2019

IIS Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

CLAS Summer Field Research Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

Graduate Dean’s Summer Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2018

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholarship, University of St Andrews, 2016

University Scholarship for Research and Leadership, University of St Andrews, 2016