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Dr Johnhenry Gonzalez

Dr Johnhenry Gonzalez

University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History since c. 1500

Faculty of History, Office 6.31

Cambridge CB3 9EF


I am a historian of the Caribbean, with a primary focus on the history of Haiti.  My work grows out of lengthy periods of research in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  

I received my B.A. in history from Harvard College and my Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.  I was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke and I have worked for four years as assistant professor of Caribbean history at the University of South Florida at Tampa. 

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

The Caribbean, Latin America, the African Diaspora

Research Interests

My scholarship grows out of my own efforts to comprehend the history of Hispaniola – the initial nexus of European conquest and African slavery in the new world. My 2019 book on the early history of independent Haiti focuses on systems of land ownership and crop production devised by the former slaves who overthrew the plantation system of colonial Saint Domingue. In particular I have focused on unauthorized settlements of runaways and squatters that emerged amidst the violence and upheaval of the Haitian Revolution and that came to shape the culture, demographics and economics of the Haitian countryside. Related questions of maroon resistance and Haitian free soil policy inspired my first article, which deals with fugitive slaves from the Turks and Caicos who escaped to Haiti during the 1820s.  My second book project examines the history of foreign influence in the twentieth century Haitian art business.  I am also currently pursuing my first archeological research project in Haiti. 

Research Supervision

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the African Diaspora. 


I lecture in Paper 21 and the HAP, and I currently convene Paper 21 and the HAP.  I deliver lectures for MPhil core courses in World History, Early Modern History, and the Centre of Latin American Studies.


  • Economic, Social History
  • Global History
  • Early Modern History
  • Histories of Colonialism
  • International History
  • Imperial History

Key Publications

Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti, Yale University Press, Forthcoming June 2019.

"Defiant Haiti: Free-Soil Runaways, Ship Seizures and the Politics of Diplomatic Non-Recognition in the Early Nineteenth Century," Slavery & Abolition, 36:1, (2015) 124-135, DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2014.895508
"The New World ‘sans-culottes’: French revolutionary ideology in Saint-Domingue," in Burke A. Hendrix and Deborah Baumgold (eds.) Colonial Exchanges: Political Theory and the Agency of the Colonized, (Manchester University Press, 2017)