Devyn Spence Benson 

I am a historian of 19th-20th century Latin America with a focus on race and revolution in Cuba. My research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of Latin American history and Africana Studies and I have worked throughout my career to merge the two fields by focusing on Afro-Latin American and Caribbean history, politics, and culture. Prior to coming to Davidson I taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Williams College and Louisiana State University. The courses I offer all reflect my pedagogical goals: 1) To create a comfortable and enthusiastic learning environment where all students can be successful; 2) To mobilize non-traditional sources to highlight the voices of African descended populations, often marginalized in conventional archives; and 3) To foster an investment in and excitement about the fields of Latin American/Caribbean history and Africana studies, regardless of students' prior knowledge. To that end, in addition to traditional campus-based courses, I have developed and led study-away courses to Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba since 2007
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