Mexico, Race, Blackness and Shared Borders: Reflections on Divergent and Common Histories

Ben Vinson III, Ph.D., is a professor of history and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on Latin American history, particularly race relations and the experience of the African Diaspora. He is also interested in transnational networks, including interactions between African-Americans and Latinos (including Afro-Latinos). Vinson is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico" (Palgrave, 2004) and "Afromexico" (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2004). Recently, he collaborated on a second edition of "African Slavery in Latin American and the Caribbean" with Herbert Klein (Oxford, 2007) and a collection of essays with Matthew Restall on "Black Mexico: Race and Society from Colonial to Modern Times" (University of New Mexico Press, 2009). His current book-length project assesses the Mexican colonial caste system, particularly the experiences of what he describes as the "forgotten castes." Vinson received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. from Columbia University.