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Erin Stone

  • Position: Chair, Associate Professor
  • Department: History and Philosophy
  • Office Location: Building 86, Room 113
  • Campus: 850.474.2685


Dr. Erin Stone, department chair and associate professor of Latin American history teaches Atlantic, Latin American and Indigenous history.

A summer trip to Lima and Cuzco, Peru, gave Stone the window of opportunity to explore indigenous architecture and artifacts, but most importantly, the experience inspired her to pursue graduate studies in Latin American history. In particular it centered her interests on indigenous/Spanish relations during colonization. First, she turned to the conquest of the Caribbean and the rise/impact of the indigenous slave trade while completing her PhD at Vanderbilt University studying under Jane Landers.Her eight years of research in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Puerto Rico (funded by multiple research grants including the Fulbright Hayes) reached its fruition in her first manuscript published in June 2021 by the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled Captives of Conquest: Indigenous Slavery in the Early Modern Spanish Caribbean. She has also contributed scholarly essays to The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History, The Journal of Ethnohistory and the Encyclopedia of Latin America.

In addition to her scholarly endeavors Dr. Stone has served multiple academic organizations, including as President of the Gulf South Historical Association and as an advisory board member of La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas. Closer to home, Dr. Stone has served as the Coordinator for the annual university wide Peer Review of Assessment since 2016. She looks forward to many more years of service, teaching, and research at the University of West Florida.

Degrees & Institutions

Stone received bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in history from the University of North Florida and a doctorate in history, with a focus on Atlantic World history, from Vanderbilt University.


Her current research moves beyond the Caribbean to the southern Andes researching the ethnogenesis of the Mapuche peoples in Chile and Argentina in the context of the War of Arauco in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Classes Taught: 

Western Perspectives I, Western Perspectives II, Atlantic Indians, The Andes, Greater Mexico, Issues in Gender and Diversity, Destruction of the Indies, Rise and Fall of the Portuguese Empire, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America, Early American Borderlands, Graduate Methods, The Professional Historian, Comparative Slaveries in the Atlantic World, Iberian History

Special Interests

Colonial Latin America, Atlantic World, Spanish Borderlands, Indigenous Slavery


Captives of Conquest: Indigenous Slavery in the Early Modern Spanish Caribbean
       (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, June 2021).

“E-learning during COVID-19: Social Sciences MA Programs vs Mathematics MS Program”
       co-author with Kuiyuan Li, Association for the Advancement of Computing in
       Education Journal, December, 2022.

“The Conquest of Española as a “Structure of Conjuncture”” in Ethnohistory, 68:3 (July 2021).

“War and Rescate: Inside the Sixteenth-Century Circum-Caribbean Indigenous Slave Trade,” in
       Spain’s Maritime Empire: The Caribbean in the Long Sixteenth Century, edited by Ida Altman
       and David Wheat (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Summer 2019).

“Evidence-Based Discussions of Learning Facilitated through a Peer Review of Assessment,”
        co-author with Claudia Stanney and Amy Mitchell-Cook in New Directions for Teaching and
        Learning, (Summer 2018).

“Chasing “Caribs”: Defining Zones of Legal Indigenous Enslavement in the Circum-Caribbean,
        1493-1542,” in Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution
         of Global Slavery, edited by Jeff Flynn-Paul and Damian Pargas (Leiden: Brill, December 2017).

“Slave Raiders vs. Friars in Tierra Firme, 1513-1522” in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin
          American History, 74:2 (April, 2017).

“America’s First Slave Revolt: Indians and African Slaves in Hispaniola, 1500-1534,” in Ethnohistory,
          Vol.6, N.2, (Spring 2013).

“Pedro Menéndez de Avilés,” in Encyclopedia of Latin America.  Vol. 1 Ed. J. Michael Francis.
          Washington: Facts on File, 2009.



Conference of Latin American History

American Historical Association

Southern Historical Association

Association of Caribbean Historians

American Society of Ethnohistory

North American Society for Oceanic History

Society for Historical Archaeology

Gulf South Historical Association

Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies

Keywords: Latin American history, Caribbean history, indigenous history, Atlantic History