Carnegie Mellon University

Matthew Nielsen

Matthew Nielsen

Graduate Student

  • Baker Hall 360


  • M.A. Spanish, University of Wyoming, 2005
  • B.S. History & Spanish, University of Wyoming, 2003

Interest Area

Environmental history, social history, ethnohistory, transboundary waters, Atlantic World

Dissertation Title

“Unruliness at the Margins: The Lower Orinoco in the Eighteenth Century”


  • “The Centering and Centrality of Racial Mixture in Latin America”, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Special Issue: Mestizaje, Currently Under Review.
  • Freedom and Flight: The Politics of Runaway Slaves in the Lower Orinoco River Basin, 1770 – 1810,” Resistance and Empire: New Approaches and Comparisons, International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.


  • Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Summer 2016/2017
  • Graduate Research Grants, Carnegie Mellon University, Summer 2014 & Summer 2016
  • NEH Fellowship, Oaxaca: Crossroads of a Continent, Oaxaca, México, 2007


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