John P. Paniagua


FieldsJohn Paniagua

  •  Indigenous Americas
  • Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Atlantic World
  • Social and Ethnohistory

Contact Information


  •  Princeton University, PhD
  •  Princeton University, MA
  • Whittier College, BA in History and Economics

Research and Teaching Interests

I am a historian of colonial Latin America and the early modern Atlantic world with particular focus on Indigenous experiences of Caribbean colonization. My book project, “The Amerindian Antilles,” offers a comprehensive study of Indigenous survival in the Greater Antilles. It is not a study of the mortality rate, but rather the survival pattern—that is how Indians survived the way they did and how this pattern differed across the Antilles. Doing so allows this project to examine suffering in the broader context of survival and enables me to show how Amerindians persisted in a region often viewed as the primary example of Indigenous decimation.

Beyond the Caribbean, my teaching centers the long and varied histories of the Indigenous Americas and the peoples, cultures, and networks of the Atlantic world.

Before coming to Cal Poly, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University and my B.A. from Whittier College, where I was a Mellon Mays Fellow and IRT Associate.

I look forward to advising students interested in the colonial Americas and Atlantic world as well as Indigenous histories.


Fall 2021 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University
2020 Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Newberry Library
2018-21 Interdisciplinary Humanities Fellowship and Degree Program, Princeton University
2015-16 Lassen Fellow in Latin American Studies, Princeton University
2013-14 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Whittier College

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