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History Department

Sharika Crawford


Modern Latin America, Circum-Caribbean, Afro-Latin America

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  •   Department of History
        The United States Naval Academy
        107 Maryland Avenue 
        Annapolis, MD 21402


  • Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. - University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. - Kalamazoo College

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Latin America
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Panama and the Canal
  • The West in the Modern World (or Modern World History)

Research Interests

  • Colombia
  • Circum-Caribbean
  • Afro-Latin America



2020.The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making (University of North Carolina Press)    Honorable Mention, 2021 Elsa Goveia Book Prize, Assocation of Caribbean Historians

Academic Articles 

2020.“Curricular Innovations: Teaching a Multidisciplinary L2 Module in an Upper Level Spanish Course,”co-authored with Silvia Peart1 and Brad Barrett,2 Nebrija Lingüistica Aplicada Enseñanza de las Lenguas 13:28 (April): 113-131.

2019. “What does migration and climate have to do with Latin American Studies? Bridges across Disciplines at the United States Naval Academy,” co-authored with Silvia Peart1 and Brad Barrett3, Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies 3:1: 1-14.

2017. “Disputas Marítimas en el Caribe Colombiano: La pesca de tortuga y el Archipiélago de San Andrés y Providencia, 1910-1930,” Historia Crítica 66 (2017): 67-85. 

2016. “A Contact Zone: A Turtle Commons in the Western Caribbean,” co-authored with Ana Isabel Márquez-Pérez, International Journal of Maritime History 28:1: 64-80.

2012. "Panama Fever: Colombian Fears of Secession on San Andrés and Providencia Islands, 1903-1913," The Global South. (Interoceanic Diasporas and the Panama Canal's Centennial) 6:2: 15-38.

2011. “A Transnational World Fractured but not Forgotten: British West Indian Migration to the Colombian Islands of San Andrés and Providence,” New West Indian Guide 85: 1&2: 31-52.

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

2019. “La Intendencia de San Andrés y Providencia, 1913-1923: Promesas y peligros de la inclusión,” Memorias, historias y olvidos. Colonialismo, sociedad y política en el archipiélago. Raúl Román and Antonino Vidal Ortega (eds.). Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Sede Caribe), Instituto de Estudios Caribeños, 113-136.  

2013. "Politics of Belonging on a Caribbean Borderland: The Colombian Islands of San Andrés and Providencia," Crossing Boundaries: Ethnicity, Race, and National Belonging in a Transnational World, eds. Brian D. Behnken and Simon Wendt (Lanham: Lexington Books), 19-37.


2021. "The End of Turtle Soup: How Food Fashion Changed the Economy of the Cayman Islands," History Today (August): 16-18.

2021. "Andean or Caribbean? Nine Books on Colombia," Latin American Research Review 56:2 (June 2021): 512-521.

2017. “From Turtle Soup to Turtle Disputes: Maritime Boundaries and Commodity Networks in Caribbean Nicaragua, 1904-1916,” The World History Bulletin. Special Issue: The World from Latin America (October): 8-11.

2017. “The African Personality Returns: The Controversy over Gandhi at the University of Ghana,” Perspectives on History (March): 16-17.

2015. “Beyond the Scramble: Africa, the Second World War and Decolonization in a World History Classroom,” World History Connected 12:1 (February).

Book Reviews

2018. Review of An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada’s Transimperial Greater Caribbean by Ernesto Bassi, Latin American Research Bulletin 37:5 (Nov.): 631-633.

2015. Review of El Despertar de las comunidades afrocolombianas. Relatos de cinco lideres: Dorinda Hernández, Libia Grueso, Carlos Rosero, Marino Córdoba, and Zulia Mena. Ensayo introductorio por Ángel G. Quintero Rivera, by Maria Inés Martínez, in Spanish, Revista Iberoamericana Vol. LXXXI, Núm. 251 (abr.-jun. 2015): 680-681.

2014. Review of El Despertar de las comunidades afrocolombianas. Relatos de cinco lideres: Dorinda Hernández, Libia Grueso, Carlos Rosero, Marino Córdoba, and Zulia Mena. Ensayo introductorio por Ángel G. Quintero Rivera, by Maria Inés Martínez. Revista de Estudios Colombianos 43: 86-87.

2013. Review of Salt and the Colombian State: Local Society and Regional Monopoly in Boyacá, 1821-1900, by Joshua Rosenthal, Social History 48:2: 263-264.

2010. Review of Myths of Harmony: Race and Republicanism during the Age of Revolution, Colombia, 1795-1831, by Marixa Lasso, Latin American Essays 24: 103-104.


2014. Apgar Teaching in Excellence Award


2019-2023. Ernst Volgenau Humanities Faculty Fellow, United States Naval Academy

2019. Office of Naval Research 

2017. Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA 

2017. College Educators Research Fellowship, UNC-Duke Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

2017. Center for Latin American Studies Library Travel Research Grant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2016. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar "American Commons," Mystic Seaport, CT

2015. Fulbright U.S. Scholarship (CIES), Colombia

2013. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend 


2018. American Historical Association Member Spotlight: Sharika Crawford., January 23rd,

2016. “Building and Sustaining Faculty Collaborations: Perspectives from a Fulbright U.S Scholar in Colombia,” Fulbright Scholar Blog, November 23rd <Last accessed on 23 November 2016>




2021."The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making," New Books Network Latin American Studies, Jan. 12th.

2020. The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean,” The Constant Wonder, BYUradio, December 9th

2020. Latin America and Immigration,” Ethics and the Naval Warrior, United States Naval Academy, October 26th.


New Books Network in Caribbean Studies; in World Affairs. Listen to interviews here

Instructional Video

2019. Script Author and Presenter, Decolonization and the Cold War:Through a Caribbean Lens, OER World History Project (Gates Ventures)

Museum Exhibit

2017 - 2019. Participant, Turtle Cradle from the Richard C. Mears Collection, Sea Change Exhibit, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Conference on Latin American History
  • Association of Caribbean Historians
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies
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