Miguel Durango-Loaiza

Miguel Durango

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate working on the Caribbean during the Age of Revolutions. My dissertation project focuses on the history of Black and Indigenous communities in the Guajira Peninsula, situated in the borderlands of Contemporary Colombia and Venezuela. I am investigating their participation in trade and migration networks within the Caribbean.

My research is being supported by fellowships from the Jhon Carter Brown Library, the Nederlandse Taalunie (Union for the Dutch Language), the Casa de Velázquez (Écoles françaises à l’étranger, École des Hautes études hispaniques et ibériques), the Center for Latin American and LatinX Studies (CLALS) at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).

I have presented my work at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA), the University of Exeter, the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University, and the Banco de la República de Colombia.

Before my time at Penn, I earned an M.A. in history and a B.A. in anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. I also worked as a researcher on Human Rights within the Colombian legal system.

Dissertation Committee: Marcy Norton, Roquinaldo Ferreira, and Ann Farnsworth-Alvear.


M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania

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

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

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Durango Loaiza, Miguel. "Rastreando la Flota del Berceau: Metáforas orgánicas, epidemia y revolución en el Caribe Transimperial de inicios del siglo XIX”. Fronteras de la historia 27, no. 2 (2022): 41-60. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22380/20274688.2062.

Hylton, Forrest; Durango Loaiza, Miguel. “The Limits of Atlantic Revolution: Indigenous Power, Spectres of Saint-Domingue, and the Maracaibo Conspiracy of 1799.” Mundos do Trabalho 14 (2022): 1-22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1984-9222.2022.e86968.

Durango Loaiza, Miguel. "Impactos de la Revolución Haitiana en las provincias de Rio Hacha y Santa Marta, 1789-1809." In Santa Marta en el siglo XVIII, edited by Edgar Rey Sinning, 123-154. Santa Marta: Cajamag, 2019.

Durango Loaiza, Miguel. Contrabando, lazos comerciales y mestizaje en la Guajira del siglo XVIII. In Conexiones Caribe, compiled by Alexander de Jesús Parejo Rodríguez and Joaquín Viloria de la Hoz, 125-141. Bogotá: Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2018.

Miguel Durango Loaiza, review of Contrabando, poder y color en los albores de la República: Nueva Granada 1822-1824, by Muriel Laurent, Revista Estudios Sociojurídicos 17, no. 1 (2015): 221-228. https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=4896276