Miguel Durango-Loaiza

Miguel Durango

Ph.D. Student

Miguel is a second-year Ph.D. student in history. Before Penn, he received a M.A. in history and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His dissertation project revolves around the history of the Wayuu people, an indigenous community in present-day Colombia and Venezuela that retained autonomy from European colonizers in the early modern period. He is exploring how this native group engaged in trade and migration networks in the Caribbean and in the Atlantic.

After finishing his M.A., he worked as a researcher at the General Attorney’s Office and other public national agencies in Colombia, where he wrote reports about war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Colombian armed conflict.


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