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

James Almeida, Harvard University, William R. Tyler Fellow 2019–2021

The Tyler Fellowship gave me the opportunity to make significant advances in the writing of my dissertation. I was also able to submit two articles for peer review during the fellowship. Two years of interacting with archaeologists and art historians expanded and clarified the ways I think about my project and about labor and coercion in the Andes more broadly. Considering these issues with scholars in other fields enhanced my work, and I leave with a much better grasp on Pre-Columbian labor regimes and how they influenced colonial developments. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside these other scholars and the significant resources Dumbarton Oaks invested to help me succeed as a scholar. The library provided me with access to a wealth of materials on both the Pre-Columbian and colonial Andes and other generous financial support helped me access rare volumes to continue my research from home. Finally, the institutional project I completed for Dumbarton Oaks, “Land and Labor: Dumbarton Oaks prior to 1920,” helped me learn more about slavery in a comparable context and advance our knowledge about the history of this wonderful institution.