Faculty by Research Specialization

The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is known for its innovative research and exemplary scholarship. Our faculty work at the cutting edge of their respective fields, covering a wide variety of geographic, temporal, and thematic fields of study. The areas of specialization listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of our scholastic interests. Rather, they highlight the diverse and often overlapping ideas and approaches we explore within our teaching and research.

Marí­a Elena Dí­az
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2227 (office)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 540 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Fall 2023 Th 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Colonialism, Slavery, African Diaspora, Atlantic World, Latin American and Latino Studies, History, Race, Law and Policy, Personal and Social Identities, Spanish
  • Courses HIS 11A, Latin America: Colonial Period; HIS 130, History of Modern Cuba (20th century); HIS 131, Women in Colonial Latin America; HIS 132, History of the Caribbean: Colonial Period; HIS 190A, Slavery and Race in Latin America; HIS 190B, Race and the Nation in Latin America

Summary of Expertise

Colonial Latin America and Caribbean history

Research Interests

Atlantic world, colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, Cuba. Her research work is located at the intersections of history and anthropology, global and local history, macro and micro levels. Topics include: slavery and freedom; colonialism; legal, political, popular and religious cultures; social identities; race/ethnicity, gender and class.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications