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Ernesto Mercado Montero

M.A. Caribbean Studies, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Ernesto Mercado Montero



Social and Political History of Latin America & the Circum-Caribbean Region


Ernesto Mercado-Montero was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and was raised in Chinú, a small town in the Colombian Caribbean. He is the product of a rich confluence of ethnicities that includes African descendants, Spanish creoles, and Andean Natives. As a teenager, Ernesto moved to Madrid, Spain, where he attended college before moving to the United States. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Ernesto's academic interests focus on the role of African descendants and Native cultures forging the early modern circum-Caribbean. His dissertation research is eminently transimperial. He explores the nature of the polities, commercial networks, kinship relationships, and patronage systems that the native Caribs established with African descendants and imperial powers (England, France, Spain, Holland, and The United States) from the sixteenth through the eighteenth-century Caribbean. 

Ernesto's dissertation research has been supported by different institutions, such as The Social Science Research Council (DPDF and Mellon IDRF programs), The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The John Carter Brown Library, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The History Project at Harvard University, as well as The John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies and The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, among others.

Ernesto earned his BA from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and his M.A. in Caribbean Studies from SUNY Buffalo. He is one of the organizer of the Latin American Author Series at UT Austin in 2019. 

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