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Dr David C Lafevor

Name

[Dr David C LaFevor]
  • Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. LaFevor is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities. He earned the Ph.D. and Master's degrees from Vanderbilt University and the Bachelor's degree from Rhodes College. His first book, The Third Century: A History of U.S.-Latin American Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), was coathored with Michael LaRosa and Mark Gilderhus. His second book manuscript, "Prizefighting and Civilization: Race, the Public Sphere, and Identity in Cuba and Mexico, 1840s-1940s" is complete and is under review. It traces the racial, national, and gendered contours of the introduction and popularization of prizefighting and public spectacle in Cuba and Mexico from the 1840s to the 1930s. He is at work on a second monograph about the end of the slave trade to Cuba. His photography of Latin America has been exhibited in dozens of venues and published by the Huffington Post, NBC News, and other national and international publications. His work has been funded by the Fulbright Fellowship, the British Library, the Watson Fellowship and others. He teaches undergraduate courses on Colonial and Modern Latin American History, and upper-division seminars on revolutions in Cuba and Mexico, nationalism, sport and gender, and slavery in the Western Hemisphere. He also teaches graduate courses on nationalism, slavery, comparative race relations, and historiography and mentors graduate students. LaFevor is the director of the multiyear Digital Humanities project Siete Villas de Cuba, which locates, digitizes, preserves, and publishes endgangered colonial documents pertinent to the African diaspora in Cuba from the sixteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. This work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Associated Press. He also serves as a team member on similar Digital Humanities projects in Colombia, Brazil, and Florida.

Education

    • 2011 PhD in History
      Vanderbilt University, 2011
    • 2006 MA in History
      Vanderbilt University, 2006
    • 2003 BA in International Studies
      Rhodes College, 2003

Appointments

    • Sept 2013 to Present Assistant Professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities
      History Department ,The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • Aug 2011 to May 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American History
      History Department ,Berry College (Mount Berry, GA, United States)
      I taught for two years at this liberal arts college.
    • Aug 2010 to May 2011 Adjunct Instructor of History
      History ,Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN, United States)
      Served as an adjunct instructor for US history surveys.

Memberships

    • 2015 to Present Association of Caribbean Historians
    • 2010 to Present American Studies Association
    • 2010 to Present Latin American Studies Association
    • 2008 to Present Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
    • 2006 to Present American Historical Association
    • 2012 to 2014 Association of Third World Studies
    • 2012 to 2014 Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation
    • 2007 to 2012 Society for Caribbean Studies (u.k.)

News Articles

    • Aug 2016 Huffington Post
      Invited article on Digital Humanities Project
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Mar 2015 NBC News
      Photo Essay on Afro-Cuban life.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Mar 2015 Huffington Post
      Invited article on my dissertation/monograph research in Cuba.
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Feb 2015 Huffington Post
      Invited photo-essay on modern Cuba.
      (Type: Newspaper)

Publications

      Reference Work 2018
      • Remote Capture: Digitizing Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. "Open Book Publishers".

      Book Chapter 2018
      • "Assassination, Extradition, and the Public Sphere: The Cabrera-Barillas Affair in Porfirian Mexico"
        Deportation in the Americas
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. "Texas A&M Press".

      Monograph 2017
      • The Third Century: U.S.--Latin American Relations since 1889
        [Gilderhus, Mark, LaFevor, DavidC, LaRosa, Michael]. "Rowman and Littlefield".

      Book Chapter 2017
      • "Cuba, the United States, and the World: From Mariel to Obama"
        The Third Century: U.S.-Latin American Relations Since 1889
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. "Rowman and Littlefield Press".

      Book Review 2014
      • Review of Media, Sound, and Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. Ethnohistory: Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory. 61(2),
      2014
      • Review of The Structure of Cuban History
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
      2014
      • Review of Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

      Book Review 2013
      • Review of The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley, 1650-1800
        [LaFevor, DavidC].
      2013
      • Review of Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
      2013
      • Review of Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters
        [LaFevor, DavidC]. Canadian Journal of History. Annales Canadiennes D'histoire.

Presentations

    • January  2020
      LaFevor, DavidC, "The Slave Societies Digital Archive: Preserving African and Indigenous History in the Americas", AHA, New York, New York. (January 5, 2020).
    • October  2019
      LaFevor, DavidC, "The Slave Ship Cicerón and Argüelles Affair", Lapidus Center, New York, New York. (October 10, 2019).
    • January  2019
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Caribbean Sports History at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and National Identity", American Historical Association, Chicago. (January 4, 2019).
    •  2018
      LaFevor, Matt (Author & Presenter), "Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Cuban Archives", New Orleans, LA. ( , 2018).
    •  2018
      LaFevor, Matt (Author & Presenter), "Working with "Big" Archival Data in Mexico and Cuba", San José, Costa Rica. ( , 2018).
    • June  2018
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Macondo: Colombian Commonalities During the Long Nineteenth Century", Dallas, TX. (June , 2018).
    • May  2018
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Siete Villas de Cuba: Reflections, Challenges, and the Digital Caribbean", Nashville, TN. (May , 2018).
    • November  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Afro-Cuban Religion and the Catholic Church", Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. (November , 2017).
    • November  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Archival Rescue and African Slavery in Cuba", Schomburg Center/Lapidus Center, New York, NY. (November , 2017).
    • November  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Murder at the Palace: Extradition, Race, and Civilization in Porfirian Mexico", Dallas, TX. (November , 2017).
    • October  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Traversing Cuba: Reflections on Research and Writing", UTA Library, Arlington, TX. (October , 2017).
    • March  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Lynching in the Latin American Imagination ", University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa . (March , 2017).
    • March  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "The Slave Ship Cicerón and the Argüelles Affair", University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. (March , 2017).
    • February  2017
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Race, Desire, and the Great White Hope in Havana", Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. (February , 2017).
    •  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Cuban Immigration and the Challenges of History", Fort Worth, TX. ( , 2016).
    • September  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Cuba: Life Under an Evolving Dictatorship", Hammond, LA. (September , 2016).
    • June  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Las Siete Villas de Cuba", Havana, Cuba. (June , 2016).
    • June  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "The Slave Ship Cicerón and the Argüelles Affair", Harvard University, Hutchins Center, Havana, Cuba. (June , 2016).
    • May  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "The Slave Ship Cicerón and the Argüelles Affair", Nashville, TN. (May , 2016).
    • March  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Xenophilia and Nationalism in Porfirian Mexico", Arlington, TX. (March , 2016).
    • February  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Xenophilia and Nationalism in Porfirian Mexico", Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. (February , 2016).
    • January  2016
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Ecclesiastical Archives, Preservation, and the Fight to Document the Afro-Cuban Diaspora", American Historical Association, Chicago. (January , 2016).
    •  2015
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Consuming Race in Republican Cuba: The Changing Visual Public Sphere, 1912-1935", Fort Worth, TX. ( , 2015).
    •  2015
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Creating a Digital Archive in Cuba", Arlington, TX. ( , 2015).
    •  2015
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Cuba Detente", Memphis, TN. ( , 2015).
    •  2015
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Cuba Histories of the Present". ( , 2015).
    •  2015
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Cuba Past and Present", Fort Worth, TX. ( , 2015).
    •  2014
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Carleton Beals, Walker Evans, and the Crime of Cuba", Chicago. ( , 2014).
    •  2014
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Stunted Laborers of Physical Specimens? Bounded Visual Representations of Afro-descendants in the Visual Public Sphere: 1918-1940", University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. ( , 2014).
    •  2013
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Creating a Digital Archive of America's Spanish Slave Fronteir", St. Augustine, FL. ( , 2013).
    •  2013
      LaFevor, DavidC, "Visual Culture, Diaspora, and an Imperial Photographer in Republican Cuba", San Francisco, CA. ( , 2013).

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • July 2016 to Dec 2018 Seven Villas of Cuba sponsored by  - $44660
      (Funded)
    • June 2017 to Aug 2018 The Slave Ship Ciceron: Lincoln, Cuba, the United States and the Final Days of the Slave Trade sponsored by  - $10000
      (Funded)
    • July 2015 to July 2015 Creating a digital archive of ecclesiastical documents from Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Trinidad and Baracoa, Cuba sponsored by  - $5879
      (Funded)

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Daniel Deggus,
    • Present
      Staci Sweeny, (History)
    • Present
      Jacob Jones, (History)
    • Present
      Michael Deliz,
    • 2021
      Charles Grand,
    • 2020
      Brandon Blakeslee, (History)
    • 2016
      Jay Goldin,

Courses

      • HIST 5390-027 DIRECTED STUDIES FOR MASTERS
        (Course Id: 105237)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 6390-027 DIRECTED STUDIES: PhD STUDENTS
        (Course Id: 110964)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 6699-027 DISSERTATION
        (Course Id: 105259)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 3377-001 HISTORY OF MEXICO
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • MAS 3377-001 HISTORY OF MEXICO
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 6391-027 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 105255)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 3395-002 SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY
        (Topic: The Cuban Revolution | Course Id: 105187)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 5391-027 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 105238)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019
      • HIST 6699-027 DISSERTATION
        (Course Id: 105259)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 4394-027 HON THESIS/PROJ
        (Course Id: 105191)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 6391-027 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 105255)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • MAS 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 1312-012 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865
        (Course Id: 105002)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • HIST 5364-001 COLLOQ TRANSNATIONAL HISTORY
        (Topic: Abolition in Atlantic World | Course Id: 112337)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 6699-027 DISSERTATION
        (Course Id: 105259)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • MAS 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 5363-001 COLLOQUIUM NATIONAL HISTORIES
        (Topic: Modern Mexico | Course Id: 112336)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 6990-027 DIRECTED STUDIES: PhD STUDENTS
        (Course Id: 110966)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 6699-027 DISSERTATION
        (Course Id: 105259)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 4367)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • HIST 6990-027 DIRECTED STUDIES: PhD STUDENTS
        (Course Id: 110966)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • HIST 3300-004 INTRO TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 105012)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4366-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105165 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 4366)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 4366-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105165)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • HIST 5391-027 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 105238)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • HIST 3300-001 INTRO TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 105012)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 1312-016 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865
        (Course Id: 105002)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4391-027 UNDERGRADUATE CONF COURSE
        (Course Id: 105190)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • HIST 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 4367)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 1312-010 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865
        (Course Id: 105002)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167 | Xlist Coursepre: MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 4368)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • HIST 4366-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105165)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 5365-001 READING COLLOQUIUM: TOPICS
        (Course Id: 112338)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 5391-027 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 105238)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2015
      • HIST 5341-001 ISS/INTRP EURO/LATAM/AFRI HIST
        (Course Id: 105229)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 1312-016 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865
        (Course Id: 105002)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • HIST 4366-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105165)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4367-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105166)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4388-002 SEL TOP HIST
        (Topic: Cuba, Mexico and the U. S. | Course Id: 105187)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 4368-001 HIST OF MEX
        (Course Id: 105167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • HIST 4366-001 LATIN AMER HIST
        (Course Id: 105165)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • May 2018 to  Dec 2019 Committee Chair
      Webb Lecture Series
      Organizing the annual Webb Lecture Series
    • Mar 2017 to  Dec 2018 Workshop Organizer
      Webb Lecture Series
      Coediting Webb volume with Katherine Beebe
    • 2015 to  2018 Committee Member
      Graduate Studies Committee
      Graduate student admissions
    • 2016 to  2017 Committee Member
      Graduate Teaching Assistants
    • Nov 2014 to  Nov 2017 Faculty Advisor
      Women's and Gender Studies
    • Oct 2017 to  Oct 2017 Guest Speaker
      Graduate Studies
      Conducted a workshop for graduate students on grant writing
    • 2016 to  2016 Guest Speaker
      Interviewed by Associated Press
      Published interview with Associated Press
    • 2016 to  2016 Committee Member
      Search/Hiring Committee
      Hired Dr. Paul Conrad
    • 2014 to  2016 Committee Member
      Unit Effectiveness
    • 2015 to  2015 Committee Member
      COLA 50th Anniversary Steering Committee
    • 2013 to  2015 Committee Member
      Media and Technology
    • 2013 to  2015 Committee Member
      Scheduling Committee

Service to the Profession

    • 2018 to  2018
      Workshop Organizer
      Fisk University
      Conducted digitization workshop
    • 2018 to  2018
      Reviewer, Book
      Oxford University Press
      Manuscript Peer Reviewer
    • 2017 to  2017
      Workshop OrganizerBrazil)
      British Library
    • 2016 to  2016
      Reviewer, Book
      Louisiana State University Press
      Peer manuscript reviewer
    • 2016 to  2016
      Workshop Organizer
      University of Alabama History Department
    • 2014 to  2016
      Board of Advisors
      Latin American Studies Association: Visual Culture Section
      Served on advisory committee for this section.
    • 2015 to  2015
      Conference-Related
      Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources in Slave Societies
    • 2013 to  2013
      Committee MemberBrazil)
      British Library
    • 2012 to  2013
      Program CoordinatorAlabama,
      Cherokee County Museum
      Coordinated student internships
    • 2012 to  2013
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Third World Studies
      Article peer reviewer
    • 2012 to  2012
      Committee MemberBrazil)
      British Library
    • 2011 to  2011
      Committee MemberColombia)
      British Library
    • 2009 to  2009
      Committee Member
      British Library

Other Creative Activities

    • Exhibition
      • This Afro-Cuban Life
        NBC News
        https://www.nbcnews.com/slideshow/afro-cuban-life-57095221
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • This Photographer's Images Beautifully Capture Everyday Life in Cuba
        Huffington Post
        https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/05/cuba-photos-david-lafevor_n_6623190.html
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Aug 2018
        Cuba: Histories of the Present
        Solo photographic exhibit., Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center
        https://www.fwweekly.com/2018/07/03/picturing-cuba/
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Nov 2017
        Cuba: Histories of the Present
        Gave a lecture and showcased photographic exhibit., Southern Methodist University
        https://calendar.smu.edu/site/dedmancollege/event/a-religious-re-awakening-in-cuba-today/
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Oct 2016
        Cuba: Histories of the Present
        This is an exhibit of 30 large format photographs of daily life in Cuba that I've taken since 2001., University of Texas at Arlington
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Sept 2016
        Cuba: Histories of the Present
        Photo exhibition of my work in Cuba. This is a solo exhibit of 30 large format photographs., University of Southeastern Louisiana
        http://www.southeastern.edu/news_media/news_releases/2016/september/lafevor_lecture.html
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Oct 2015
        Cuba: Histories of the Present
        Vanderbilt University/Tennessee State University
        https://my.vanderbilt.edu/cubaworkshop2015/
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]