David Sartorius specializes in colonial Latin American history with a focus on race and the African diaspora in the Caribbean. Since 1996 he has traveled regularly to Cuba for archival research, and his book, Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba, was published by Duke University Press in 2013. He has co-edited two special issues of journals dedicated to transnational history: "Dislocations across the Americas" (Social Text, 2010) and "Revolutions and Heterotopias" (Journal of Transnational American Studies, 2012). He is the author of essays about free-colored militias, race and historical memory, slave provision grounds, the 1812 Spanish Constitution, and the place of Darwinism and anthropology in nineteenth-century Cuba. His current research considers the use of passports in Cuba and the politics of reproduction and sexuality in Cuban slave society. Sartorius received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland's Latin American Studies Center before joining the Department of History.
Sartorius teaches introductory courses on colonial and modern Latin American history as well as upper-division and graduate courses on colonial Latin America, the Caribbean, gender and sexuality in Latin America, the Cuban and Haitian Revolutions, and the transnational history of blackness in the Americas. He has served as chair of the International Scholarly Relations Committee of the Conference on Latin American History and is currently a member of the editorial collective of Social Text and the organizing collective of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, an annual gathering in Mexico of North American and Latin American scholars