Christopher Schmidt-Nowara is Professor of History and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization at Tufts University. His most recent book is Slavery, Freedom, and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World (University of New Mexico Press, 2011). He has also edited a special issue of Social History on "Caribbean Emancipations" (August 2011). His current research is on Spanish prisoners of war during the imperial crisis of the early nineteenth century, both in Europe and the Americas.