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James Almeida

“Coercing the Andes: The Legacies of Inca Forced Labor Practices in Colonial Potosí”

James Almeida

Harvard University, Pre-Columbian Studies Tyler Fellow

Almeida’s dissertation project is a study of racialized forced labor strategies used in colonial silver minting in the Viceroyalty of Peru. While at Dumbarton Oaks, he is exploring histories of the Inca written in the early Colonial Period and archaeological studies in the Dumbarton Oaks collections to understand the legacies and continuities from the Pre-Columbian era that extended to the Colonial Period. Inca methods of labor organization like yanaconaje, the mit’a, ceremonial feasting, and resettlement influenced colonial administrative decisions. Almeida is exploring these connections and their ties to the development of racial ideology.

James Almeida is a PhD Candidate in History at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor of business administration in international business from Boise State University and a master of arts in history with a concentration in public history from Florida International University. Almeida has conducted archival research in Bolivia, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His public history work includes an archival internship for the City of Miami Beach and exhibits at the Frost Art Museum and the Wolfsonian-FIU.