Miguel Durango-Loaiza

Miguel Durango

Ph.D. Student

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in history. Before Penn, I received an M.A. in history and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. My dissertation project revolves around the history of Black and Indigenous communities in the Guajira peninsula, in the borderlands of today's Colombia and Venezuela. In addition, I am exploring how these groups engaged in trade and migration networks in the Caribbean and the Atlantic.


M.A., History, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) 

B.A., Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) 

Research Interests

Empires and Colonialism; the Caribbean; Indigenous History; Slavery; African Diaspora; Smuggling