Early America; the United States through 1865; U.S. relations with Latin America
Office: Harris Hall #205
Caitlin Fitz (Ph.D., 2010, Yale University) is a historian of early America, in a broad and hemispheric sense. Her work explores early U.S. engagement with foreign communities and cultures, as well as the relationship between ordinary people and formal politics. Her current manuscript, Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions, illuminates the wave of enthusiasm for Latin American independence that engulfed the United States during the early nineteenth century; the project (under contract with W.W. Norton/Liveright) reveals how events in Spanish America and Brazil helped distill popular understandings of race, revolution, and republicanism within the United States. Fitz’s article on the hemispheric dimensions of the War of 1812 is forthcoming in the Journal of American History; she has also written about U.S. citizens in insurgent Brazil (The Americas, 2008), Iroquois communities during the U.S. revolution (Journal of the Early Republic, 2008), and antislavery activists in Tennessee (Civil War History, 2006). She has conducted archival research in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English, and she has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her courses at Northwestern focus on American history through 1865.