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.
Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Duke University
Alfred W. McCoy (Editor), Francisco Scarano (Editor). Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
Francisco Scarano. Cuba: contrapuntos de cultura, historia y sociedad. Ediciones Callejón, 2007.
Francisco Scarano. Puerto Rico: Cinco siglos de historia. McGraw-Hill, 1993 (Revised 2015).
History Courses Taught
- History 241 – Colonial Latin America
- History 243 – Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans’ World
- History 347 – The Caribbean and its Diasporas
- History 414 – Latino History and Politics
- History 422 – Latino History and Politics
- History 436 – Race, Class, and Colonialism in the Caribbean
- History 533 – Multi-Racial Societies in Latin America
- History 600 – Race and Nation in Latin America and the Caribbean
- History 600 -The Cuban Revolution
- History 730 – The Literature of Caribbean History
- History 730 – Caribbean Historiography
- History 730 – Capitalism & Slavery in the Caribbean
- History 829 – Research Seminar in Latin American History
- History 982 – Caribbean Peasants in Comparative Historical Perspective