History Department
History Department

Gary Leo Dunbar



Latin America and Atlantic history


gldGary is a doctoral student in Latin American history. His research examines themes of race, class, and gender in the 17th and 18th centuries. His work blends traditional historical ontology with social anthropology. Alongside conventional historical sources—legal edicts, manuscripts, plantation documents, parish records, state and municipal archival materials, printed texts, and trial records—his dissertation uses music as an alternative archive to better understand popular-class life in early modern Mexico and the broder Atlantic. Gary holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon and completed his master’s work at Central Michigan University (CMU) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) in Mexico. His research has received numerous honors, including the President’s Award for Best Conference Paper at the 2014 International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, the 2016 Graduate Paper Prize from CMU’s College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and CMU’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Thesis/Plan B Award for his master’s work. Gary has reviewed for the journal Itinerario (Cambridge Core) and is currently at work on the second edition of Thomas Benjamin’s The Atlantic World: Europeans, Africans, Indians and their Shared History, 1400-1900 for Cambridge University Press.

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