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Fernanda Bretones Lane

Office: 333 Grinter Hall
Phone: (352) 392-6543

Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Assistant Professor Fernanda Bretones Lane (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2019) is a historian of the colonial Caribbean, Afro-Latin America, and the Atlantic World. A native of Brazil, she earned a Master’s degree from South America’s preeminent Program in Social History at the University of São Paulo (2013), and she has also held fellowships in Spain (Universitat Jaume I de Castellón) and Germany (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History).

Bretones Lane is at work on a book manuscript that examines Spain’s religious sanctuary policy—a legislation by which black fugitives from foreign colonies could hope to receive asylum and freedom in Spanish territories if they converted to Catholicism. This policy simultaneously served Spain’s long-standing religious mission to evangelize the non-Catholic peoples of the world, and its imperial designs in the Caribbean. Wielded as a weapon to destabilize plantation development in rival colonies, the historical life of the policy illuminates how micro-histories of slave agency and macro-level imperial developments were entwined. This research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Lapidus-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Conference on Latin American History, and the Tinker Foundation, among others. Her work has appeared in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History and in the Journal of Global Slavery.

In March 2020, Dr. Bretones received The Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article from the Southeastern Conference in Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) for her co-authored piece “The Congress of Vienna and the Making of Second Slavery” (JGS 4, no2, 2019). You can hear more about this article and about Dr. Bretones’ career and teaching on Episode 89 of the Historias Podcast.

Dr. Bretones Lane offers undergraduate courses on Caribbean history, the history of the Atlantic World, Afro-Latin America, and Comparative Slavery.