Francisco Scarano

My specializations are Caribbean & Latin America.

My research and teaching area is the history of the Caribbean region, with emphasis on the Spanish-speaking nations and Puerto Rico in particular. I have worked on all periods and a variety of topics, ranging from slavery and the plantation economy, demographic history, and the reconstituted peasantries of the Spanish Caribbean, to race and racialization processes and the influence of racial imagery on nation-building.


  • PhD - Columbia University
  • MA - Columbia University
  • BA - Duke University 


Ed. with Stephan Palmié, The Caribbean: A History of the Region and its People (University of Chicago Press, 2011).  View Book Details
Ed. with Alfred W. McCoy, Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State. (Madison, 2009).  View Book Details
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Ed., with Margarita Zamora. Cuba: contrapuntos de cultura, historia y sociedad/Cuba: Counterpoints on Culture, History, and Society. (Ediciones Callejón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2007).  View Book Details

Puerto Rico: cinco siglos de historia. (Bogotá: McGraw-Hill, 1993). Second ed., Mexico City, 2000. Third edition, 2007. Fourth edition, 2015.  View Book Details

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Francisco Scarano

Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)