John Carlos Castillo Marquez

 John Carlos Marquez

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

  • Brazil and Latin America
  • Slavery
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • South Atlantic World
  • Portuguese Empire

Research Description

I’m a PhD Candidate in the fields of colonial Brazil and Latin America. My research interests include the history of slavery, empire, and race in Latin American and global contexts.

My dissertation, tentatively titled "Freedom's Edge: Slavery, Empire, and Power in Colonial Rio de Janeiro," examines the evolving meanings of freedom and manumission across the second half of the eighteenth century in the Atlantic port of Rio de Janeiro.


  • B.A. History, Cal State Long Beach, 2009
  • M.A. American Studies, Cal State Fullerton, 2012