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Christopher Schmidt-Nowara Papers
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- 2011 -- 2015
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Christopher Schmidt-Nowara was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 6, 1966, to Wolfgang Schmidt-Nowara, MD, and Elizabeth Ebert Schmidt-Nowara. After graduating from the Albuquerque Academy in 1984, Christopher Schmidt-Nowara went to Kenyon College, where he earned his BA in 1988. He then pursued his doctoral work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor under the direction of Rebecca Scott and Geoff Eley. During this time he was both a Mellon fellow and a Fulbright recipient. He completed his Ph.D. in 1995.
Before coming to Tufts University in 2011, Schmidt-Nowara was a Magis Distinguished Professor and associate chair of the history department at Fordham University in New York. He also taught at Standford, University of Puerto Rico, the University of São Paulo, Princeton, and the Fernand Braudal Center in Binghamton. In 2011 Schmidt-Nowara joined the Tufts faculty as a professor of history and the third holder of the Prince of Asturias Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization.
Schmidt-Nowara’s research examined slavery, emancipation, colonialism, and nationalism in Spain’s Atlantic empire and Latin American during the nineteenth century. His many publications include the books Empire and Antislavery: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, 1833-1874 (1999), The Conquest of History: Spanish Colonialism and National Histories in the Nineteenth Century (2006),and Slavery, Freedom and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World (2011). At the time of his death he was working on an edited version of Lieutenant Fernando Blanco White’s account of his escape from captivity during the Napoleonic era. The manuscript is entitled Flight to Freedom: A Spanish Prisoner in Napoleon’s Europe, 1814.
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara had a daughter named Althea Rose Spieler-Nowara with Miranda Spieler in 2011. On June 27, 2015 after a short illness, Schimdt-Nowara died in Paris, France.
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