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History Department

Sharika D. Crawford

Speedwell Professor of International Studies 

Professor of History

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


  • 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

  • circum-Caribbean
  • Colombia
  • Afro-Latin America
  • African diaspora



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

Selected Publications

2023. "The Afterlives of Migration in Panama and its Diaspora," Black Perspectives, May 29th. 

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

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.


2023. Speedwell Professor of International Studies, United States Naval Academy

2022. The Harold and Laura Greer Lecturer in Latin American History, Virginia Commonwealth University 

2022. Class of 1951 Distinguished Faculty in Research Excellence Award, United States Naval Academy

2021. Honorable Mention, 2021 Elsa Goveia Book Prize Committee, Association of Caribbean Historians

2021. Admiral Jay L. Johnson Professorship in Leadership and Ethics

2014. Apgar Teaching in Excellence Award, United States Naval Academy

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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