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Erin Stone

  • Position:  Associate Professor
  • Department:  History
  • Office Location:  Building 50, Room 144
  • Campus: 8504742685


Dr. Erin Stone, associate professor of Latin American history and director of Early American Studies Master’s Program, teaches 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.

Her article, “Mission Impossible: Slave Raiders vs. Friars in Tierra Firme 1513-1522,” which focuses on the impact of the growing Indigenous slave trade on the first religious missions along the coast of northern South America, will soon be published in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History. She has also contributed scholarly essays to Ethnohistory and the Encyclopedia of Latin America.

In addition to her academic writing, she has given presentations at national and international conferences, including “An Indigenous Diaspora?: Exploring the Viability of a Sixteenth Century Circum-Caribbean Indigenous Diaspora” for the Conference of Ethnohistory in Las Vegas, “Granjerias de Indios: The Climax of the Indigenous Slave trade in the Americas” for the Latin American Studies Association in Washington, D.C., and “The Search for Indigenous Slaves in the Circum-Caribbean: The Key to New World Exploration and Conquest” at the Association of Caribbean Historians in San Ignacio, Belize.

In 2014, she was selected as the Huntington-Clark Summer Institute Seminar Fellow in Early American Studies. The highly competitive fellowship, which focused on “The Global Early Modern Caribbean,” allows participants to engage with other scholars and conduct their own research using Huntington Library’s collections. In 2011, she was also awarded the Institute of International Education, formerly the Fulbright Hayes Graduate Fellowship, for International Study in Spain and the Dominican Republic. 

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.


The rise and consequences of indigenous slavery in the Spanish Atlantic, including the resultant Indian Diaspora

Classes Taught: 

Western Perspectives I, Atlantic Indians, The Andes, Greater Mexico, Issues in Gender and Diversity, Graduate Methods, Comparative Slaveries in the Atlantic World, Spanish Paleography

Special Interests:

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


    “America’s First Slave Revolt: Indians and African Slaves in Española, 1500-1534,” Ethnohistory 60, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 195-217.  

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


    Latin American Studies Association

    American Historical Association

    Association of Caribbean Historians

    Southern Historical Association

    American Society of Ethnohistory

    Florida Historical Society

    Conference of Latin American History

    Golden Key International Honors Society

    Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica, Sigma Delta Pi

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