Mariana Candido is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Candido is the chair of the Lusophone African Studies Organization and a network member of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples.

Candido's research focuses on the history of West Central Africa during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Her research interests include the history of slavery; forced migration and labor; the South Atlantic world; and the African diaspora. Her teaching interests include histories of early colonialism in Africa, slave trade, imperialism and gender, transatlantic connections and the African diaspora.

Thematic Interests

African history, comparative slavery, the South Atlantic world, Black Atlantic, human trafficking; forced migration and labor; and the African diaspora

Current Research

Women and wealth in West Central Africa in the 19th century: How did women accumulate things? How did women become property? 

Research Sub-Discipline


Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora, coedited with Ana Lúcia Araújo and Paul Lovejoy (African World Press, 2011) 
Fronteras de Esclavización: Esclavitud, Comercio e Identidad en Benguela, 1780–1850 (Colegio de Mexico Press, 2011)

Journal Articles

“African Women in Ecclesiastical Documents, Benguela, 1760–1860,” Social Sciences and Missions, 28 (2015)

Book Chapters

“Uncomfortable Pasts: Talking About Slavery in Angola” (with Marcia Schenck), in Ana Lucia Araujo, ed., African Heritage and Memory of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World (Cambria, 2015)
“Conquest, Occupation, Colonialism and Exclusion: Land Disputes in Angola,” in João Vicente Serrão, Bárbara Direito, Eugénia Rodrigues, Susana Munch Miranda, eds., Property Rights, Lands and Territory in the European Overseas Empires (Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2014)
“Strategies for Social Mobility: Liaisons between Foreign Men and Slave Women in Benguela, c. 1770-1850,” in Gwyn Campbell and Elizabeth Elbourne, eds., Sex, Power and Slavery: The Dynamics of Carnal Relations under Enslavement (Ohio University Press, 2014)

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