Roquinaldo Ferreira Vasco da Gama Associate Professor of Early Modern Portuguese History

Roquinaldo Ferreira is Vasco da Gama Associate Professor in the History Department and the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department at Brown University. Ferreira received his PhD in African History from UCLA in 2003. Before coming to Brown in 2013, he taught at the University of Virginia (2005-2012). He specializes in African, Colonial Brazilian, and Atlantic History. He has been a visiting Professor at the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, Geneva, and has held a visiting appointment at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He has lectured widely in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He is the author of Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 275pps. 

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

● "The Slave Trade to Latin America: A Historiographical Assessment", in Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies (Cambridge University Press: NY, in preparation).

● "Portugal, Spain, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade", in Fernando Bouza Álvarez, Pedro Cardim and Antonio Feros (eds.), The Iberian World (1400-1800) (Routledge: London, in preparation). 

● "Taking Stock: Portuguese Imperial Historiography Twelve Years after the e-JPH Debate", e-JPH, forthcoming in 2016.

● "Measuring Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Abolitionism in the South Atlantic, 1807-1860s", in David Richardson and Filipa Ribeiro da Silva (eds.), Networks and Trans-Cultural Exchange: Slave Trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867 (Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2014), pp. 221-237.

● "The Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade", in Joseph Miller (ed.) Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014), pp. 423-425.

● “Slave Flights and Runaway Communities in Angola (17th-19th centuries)”, Revista Anos 90, vol. 21, n. 40, 2014, pp. 65-90 (also published in Mulemba - Revista Angolana de Ciências Sociais, vol. III, n.º 6, Novembro 2013, pp. 55-80).

● "From Brazil to West Africa: Dutch-Portuguese Rivalry, Gold-Smuggling, and African Politics in the Bight of Benin (ca. 1700-ca. 1730)", in Michiel van Groesen (ed.), The Legacy of Dutch Brazil (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 59-77.

● "Le Genre Biographique comme Histoire Sociale La Famille Ferreira Gomes dans l’Atlantique Sud du XIXe Siècle, Brésil(s): Sciences Humaines et Sociales, 6, 2014, pp. 143-163 (also published in Portuguese as Biografia como História Socialo Clã Ferreira Gomes e os Mundos da Escravização no Atlântico Sul, Varia História, 50, 2014, pp. 679-695.

● "Agricultural Enterprise and Unfree Labor in Nineteenth-Century Angola", in Robin Law, Suzanne Schwartz and Silke Strickrod (eds.), Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade & Slavery in Africa (Woodbridge: James Currey, 2013), pp. 225-243.

● "Slavery and the Social and Cultural Landscapes of Luanda (Angola)", in Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, Matt Childs, James Sidbury (eds.), The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), pp. 185-207.

● "Echoes of the Atlantic: Benguela (Angola) and Brazilian Independence", in Lisa Lindsay and John Sweet (eds.), Biography and the Black Atlantic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), 224-248.

● "Tribunal de Mucanos: Slavery and Freedom in Angola (17-19th centuries)", Africana Studia, 2013.

● "Abolicionismo versus Colonialismo: Rupturas e Continuidades em Angola (séc. XIX)", in Roberto Guedes (ed.), África: Brasileiros e Portugueses (Séculos XVI a XIX) (Rio de Janeiro: Maud, 2013), 95-113.

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 275 pp.

Dos Sertões ao Atlântico: Tráfico Ilegal de Escravos e Comércio Lícito em Angola, 1830-1860 (Luanda: Kilombelombe, 2012), 387 pp.

● "Slaving and Resistance to Slaving in West Central Africa", in David Eltis and Stanley Engerman (eds), Cambridge World History of Slavery (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 111-132.

● "A Primeira Partilha da África: Relações de Poder e Comércio na Costa do Ouro (ca. 1637-ca. 1700)", Revista Varia História, 2010, pp. 479-498.

● "A Institucionalização dos Estudos Africanos nos Estados Unidos: Advento, Consolidação e Transformações", Revista Brasileira de História, 59, 2010, pp. 73-90.

● "A Arte de Contrabandear: Redes de Comércio Ilegal no Império Português (ca. 1680- ca. 1750)", in João Fragoso e Maria de Fátima Silva Gouvêa (eds.), Na Trama das Redes: Política e Negócios no Império Português, séculos XVI-XVIII (Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira, 2010), pp. 203-243.

● "The Suppression of the Slave Trade and Slave Departures from Angola, 1830s-1860s", in David Eltis and David Richardson, Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 313-334.

● "Supply and Deployment of Horses in Angolan Warfare (17th-18th centuries)", in Beatrix Heintze and Achim von Oppen (eds), Angola on the Move: Transport Routes, Communications, and History (Frankfurt/Main: Otto Lembeck Publishers, 2008), pp. 41-51.

● "A Miragem da Miscigenação entre Ideologias e Dinâmicas do Brasil Escravista" (with Flávio Gomes), CEBRAP, 2008, pp. 141-160.

● "Atlantic Microhistories: Slaving, Mobility, and Personal Ties in the Black Atlantic World (Angola and Brazil)", in Nancy Naro, Roger Sansi and David Treece (eds.), Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic (NY: Palgrave Macmillan), 2007, pp. 99-128.

● "O Brasil e a Arte da Guerra em Angola (sécs. XVII e XVIII)". Rio de Janeiro, Revista Estudos Históricos, 39, 2007, pp. 1-23.

● "Ilhas Crioulas: O Significado Plural da Mestiçagem Cultural na África Atlântica", Revista de História, 155, 2007, pp. 17-43.

● "The Atlantic Networks of the Benguela Slave Trade (1730-1800)", in CEAP (ed.), Trabalho Forçado Africano: Experiências Coloniais Comparadas (Lisboa: Campo das Letras), 2006, pp. 66-99.

● "Biografia, Mobilidade e Cultura Atlântica: A Micro-Escala do Tráfico de Escravos em Benguela, séculos XVIII-XIX", Revista Tempo, 2006, pp. 33-59.

● "Dinâmica do Comércio Intra-Colonial: Geribitas, Panos Asiáticos e Guerra na Tráfico Angolano de Escravos (Século XVIII)", in João Fragoso, Maria de Fátima Silva Gouvêa, Maria Fernanda Baptista Bicalho (eds), O Antigo Regime nos Trópicos: a Dinâmica Imperial Portuguesa (séculos XVI-XVIII) (Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 2001), pp. 339-378.

research overview

I am working on three book projects. The first project deals with the remaking of Portuguese colonialism in Central Africa in the nineteenth century. This study is provisionally entitled Pathways to Colonialism: Central Africa and the Atlantic World during the Era of Abolition (ca. 1830s-1880s). It develops a bottom-up and dense social history of abolitionism that places enslaved Africans at the center of anti-slavery politics in the Portuguese colony of Angola (the largest supplier of enslaved labor to the Americas), while also examining Anglo-Portuguese relations in the context of Portuguese colonial expansion towards coastal Congo as well as the United States participation in the (then illegal) transatlantic slave trade. My second project deals with African and Portuguese imperial politics at the Bight of Benin (West Africa) in the first half of the eighteenth century. Working with French, British, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Dutch archives, this deeply researched study places the kingdoms of Portugal, Dahomey, Whydah in their African and Atlantic contexts, while also paying particular attention to the ties between Brazil and the Bight of Benin at the time. The third book project is a Global History of the Indian Textile trade (Carreira da India) in the eighteenth century Portuguese empire. By investigating the Carreira da India's trading networks, I seek to further scholarly understanding of the place of Africa in the early modern world economy, while also using the Indian textile trade to develop an integrated view of the Portuguese empire (Africa, Asia, Europe, and Brazil).  

funded research

● National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2012-2013
● University of Virginia, Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012
● University of Virginia, Summer Stipend Award, 2012
● University of Virginia, Faculty Research Travel Grant in International Studies, 2012
● University of Virginia, Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011
● University of Virginia, Summer Stipend Award, 2011
● University of Virginia, Visiting Scholar Grant, 2010
● University of Virginia, Professors as Writers Grant, 2010
● University of Virginia, Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009
● American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008
● Harvard University, Residential Fellowship at W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, 2006
● Harvard University, Residential Fellowship at David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2006
● Yale University, Residential Fellowship at Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, 2006
● National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (Brazil), Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
● UCLA, Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2002
● Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Research Grant, 2001
● Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Research Grant, 2000
● UCLA, ISOP, Fieldwork Research Grant, 2000
● UCLA, ISOP, Summer Travel Grant, 1999
● UCLA, Center for African Studies, Summer Travel Grant, 1999
● UCLA, ISOP, Summer Travel Grant, 1998
● UCLA, Center for Latin American Studies, Summer Travel Grant, 1998
● UCLA, Department of History, Summer Travel Grant, 1998
● Tinker Foundation, Summer Travel Grant, PhD Studies Fellowship, 1998
● University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), PhD Studies Fellowship, 1997-2001
● National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (Brazil), PhD Studies Fellowship, 1998-2002
● Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Brazil, PhD Studies Fellowship, 1997