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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Nicola Foote

Nicola FooteProfessor of Latin American History and Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7368
Office: MH 157

Ph.D., History, University College London, 2005
M.A., Area Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, 2000
B.A., History, University College London, 1999


Research and Teaching Interests

Latin America and the Caribbean; race, racism and racial theory; women and gender; nationalism and national identity; migration and Diaspora. 


Courses Offered

  • HIS  3064 Theories and Methods in History
  • HIS  3930 Special Topics: Women and Gender in Latin America
  • LAH 3100 Colonial Latin America
  • LAH 3200 Modern Latin America
  • LAH 3470  Caribbean History
  • LAH 3724 Race in Latin America
  • LAH 3732 Popular Culture in Latin America
  • LAH 6306 Modern Latin America
  • LAH 6915 Research in Latin American History
  • LAH 6939 Seminar in Latin American History
  • WOH 1030 World Civilization 1815 to the Present
  • WOH 3221 Women in World History
  • WOH 6915 Research in World History
  • WOH 6939 Seminar in World History





  • "Deconstructing the Language of Motherhood," A Contracorriente: A Journal of Social History and Literature in Latin America 10/3 (2013): 493-504. 
  • "'We Must Civilize Our Cayapa Indians': Father Antonio Metalli's Assessment of Race and Gender in Coastal Ecuador," in Erin O'Connor and Leo Garofalo, eds., Documenting Latin America: Gender, Race and Nation (New York: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010), pp. 131-138. 
  • "Luchando por la inclusión: la participación de la gente afro-esmeraldeña en la revolución de Concha," Europa & America Latina, Vol. 5 (2010), pp. 101-120.
  • “Reinventing the Inca Past: The Kingdom of Quito, Atahualpa and the Creation of Ecuadorian National Identity,” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2010), pp. 109-130. 
  • "Manuela Saenz and the Independence of South America,” World History Connected, Vol. 7, no. 1 (2010)
  •  "Mapping the Foundations of a Modern Social Movement," A Contracorriente: A Journal of Social History and Literature in Latin America, Vol. 6, no. 3 (Spring 2009), pp. 337-347.
  • “New Perspectives on Indigenous Peasantries in Ecuador,” Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 35, no. 1 (2008), pp. 133-147.
  • “State, Race, and Nation in Early Twentieth Century Ecuador," Nations and Nationalism, Special Edition on Latin America, Vol. 12, no. 2 (April 2006), pp. 261-278.
  • “Rethinking Race, Gender and Citizenship: Black West Indian Women on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica, c.1920-1940,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 23, no. 2 (April 2004), pp. 198-212.
  • Book reviews in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of Latin American Studies, and Teachers College Record
  • Encyclopedia entries in The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences and Culture (California: ABC-Clio Inc/African New World Studies, 2008).


Conference Presentations

  • “Evangelization and Domesticity: Missionaries and the Politics of Race, Gender and Nation in Amazonian Ecuador, 1895-1965,” paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, San Francisco, CA, 26–26 May 2012.
  • Organized along with Nadya Popov (University of West Georgia) an international conference entitled Civilians and Warfare in World History on the FGCU campus February 23-25.  This conference examined the experiences of civilians in warfare in broad comparative chronological, disciplinary and regional focus. Studies of war have conventionally focused on soldiers and armies – on battle, and on those most visibly seen to be doing the “fighting.” However, this emphasis has begun to shift in recent years. In the discipline of history, the “new military history” has prompted deeper engagement with the broader social meaning of war.  Panels explored the shifting and ambiguous distinctions between civilians and soldiers in various combat situations; the role of non-combatants within the armed forces; civilian life during wartime; attacks on civilians and their consequences; and the shifts in social and political structures and in identity formation that emerge from civilian experiences of war.
  • War, Civilians, and the Formation of Ethnic and National Identities in Modern Latin America: Blackness and Violence in the Northern Andes,”paper presented at the Civilians and Warfare in World History: An International Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, 23–25 February 2012.
  • “Legislating Blackness: Afro-Ecuadorians and Debt Peonage Reform in Liberal Ecuador,” paper presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5–8 January 2012.
  • “International Discourses of Domesticity in Ecuador: Race, Gender and the Home in Missionary Work and Modernization Projects, 1900-1960,” paper presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, Boston, January 2011.
  • “West Indian Migration and National Identity Formation in Ecuador and Costa Rica,” paper presented at the Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, April 2010
  • “Claiming Atahualpa: The Nationalization of the Inca Past in Postcolonial Ecuador,” paper presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, San Diego, January 2010.        
  • "Creating the 'Model Indian': Representations of Amazonian and Highland Indians in Ecuadorian Nationalist Discourse, 1900-1950," paper presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, New York, January 2009.
  • "Race, Intellectuals, and Indigenous Heritage in Ecuador 1830-1960," paper presented at the Southern Historical Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, October 2008.
  • "Macheteros and Monteneros: Black and Indigenous Experiences of Military Struggle in Liberal Ecuador," paper presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, Washington, January 2008.
  • "Indigenistas, Afro-Centrics and Scientists: Intellectuals, the State and the Racialisation of the Ecuadorian Nation 1925-1950," paper presented at the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, September 2007.
  • "A Moralising Endeavour?: Education and Nation-Building in Liberal Ecuador," paper presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2007.
Grants and Awards
  • Recipient of the 2013 FGCU Multidisciplinary Research Initiative Award.
  • Fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas in London to conduct research on her monographThe Galapagos Islands, Science and Modernity: State Formation and National Identity in Ecuador, 1830-present, 2013.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend for her project entitled Citizenship and Redemption: A History of Race, Gender and Nation in Liberal Ecuador, 2011.
  • Rockefeller Archive Centre Grant-in-Aid, 2010
  • University of Texas at Austin Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Research Fellow, 2005
  • Scouloudi Fellowship, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, 2003-2004
  • Society for Latin American Studies Harold Blakemore Prize, 2002


Service to the Profession

  • FGCU representative to the University Press of Florida editorial board, 2012-