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Though the scholarly study of Latin America, a region of 20 countries and over 569 million people, is not new, the bringing together of various disciplinary approaches according to a single geographic region represents a fairly recent shift. Latin American studies includes a vast range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, economics, anthropology, and political science. Area studies in general have proliferated in the latter half of the twentieth century and Latin American studies in particular has been propelled forward as a distinct field of study by major international changes, such as the end of the Cold War. As the field continues to grow, to shape and be shaped by global politics, scholars are faced with an ever-increasing amount of new information. Scholars must constantly consider new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas in the field. The multidisciplinary nature of Latin American studies makes it particularly challenging to stay informed about every applicable area. A great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases.
Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American studies is an entirely new and unique type of reference tool that has been specially created to meet a great need among today’s students, scholars, and researchers. It offers more than other bibliography initiatives on- and offline by providing expert commentary to help users find, negotiate, and assess the large amount of information readily available to them. It facilitates research in a way that other guides cannot by providing direct links to online library catalogs and other online resources. Organizing the resource around discrete subject entries will allow for quick and easy navigation that users expect when working on screen.
Editor in Chief
Ben Vinson is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University where he is also the Vice Dean for Centers and Interdepartmental and Graduate Programs and the Herbert Baxter Adams Professor of History. He is the former director of the Center for Africana Studies. He received his PhD from Columbia University. His books include Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2001); Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Afromexico (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2004); and, with Herbert Klein, African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2007), and Black Mexico: Race and Society from Colonial to Modern Times (University of New Mexico Press, 2009) co-authored with Matthew Restall. He also edited Africans to Spanish America (University of Illinois Press, 2012) with Sherwin K. Bryant and Rachel Sarah O’Toole. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he taught at Barnard College and Penn State University. Vinson has also held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Humanities Center, the Social Science Research Council, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.
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