Elena A. Schneider

Job title: 
Associate Professor
Department of History

Elena Schneider is a historian of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic World. Her research focuses on Cuba and the Caribbean, comparative colonialism and slavery, and the Black Atlantic. Methodologically, she seeks to write history that moves across regional, imperial, and national boundaries, integrating diverse stories normally told separately. She is also committed to the practice of writing history “from below” and the challenging archival work that makes reconstructing the experiences of historically marginalized peoples possible.

She teaches classes on imperialism, slavery, race, and revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean, from before Columbus to the present day. She especially loves integrating the study of art, film, music, and dance into the history classroom. Graduate students working with her pursue diverse themes in Latin American, Caribbean, and Atlantic history.

Research interests: 

Cuba and the Caribbean; colonial Latin America; the Atlantic world, c. 1400-1898.


Elena A. Schneider
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article, 2019