Guadalupe García specializes in urban history and the history of colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the author of Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana (University of California Press, 2016) and co-editor of Imprints of Revolution: Visual Representations of Resistance (Roman & Littlefield International, 2016). Her research examines the intersections of colonialism, empire, and urban space and focuses on free, black, and enslaved peoples in Havana. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies and Cultural Studies. García's fellowships and awards include a Distinguished Fellowship at the CUNY Grad Center's Advanced Research Collaborative, and a Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence. In the summer of 2015 she also held a Transatlantic Research Fellowship at the University of Warwick in the UK. She is currently at work on a book project that explores the use of digital humanities to interrogate how space, scale, and map projections can be used to counter the logic of the archive and expand our contemporary understanding of urban spaces.
Professor García teaches courses on Latin American and Latino history.
Guadalupe García's first book, Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana, is based on archival research in Cuban, North American, and Spanish archival collections. The book begins with the founding of the city in the early sixteenth century and extends through the end of the U.S. military occupation of 1902. It illustrates urban-based patterns of imperial rule and argues that colonialism in the Caribbean (and neocolonialism beyond it) was not simply concentrated in the institutions, disciplines, and discourses of the Spanish empire. Rather, García’s work reveals the importance of city space and territory to the project of colonial rule. Her current project focuses on black mobility (enslaved and free) and migration within the circum-Caribbean. This work is part research endeavor and part methodological exercise and explores how the multiple, layered geographies of nineteenth-century Havana might be made visible with the use of modern mapping technologies.