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  • Assistant Professor of History


  • PhD, Duke University 2013
  • MA, Duke University, 2008
  • BA, Cornell University, 2005


Danielle Terrazas Williams is a historian of colonial Latin American social and legal history with an emphasis on African-descended people in the colonial period. She has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.

She is currently finishing a book project, the Capital of Free Women: Race, Status, and Economic Networks in Colonial Veracruz, that aims to challenge traditional narratives of racial hierarchies and gendered mobility by focusing on African-descended women and their experiences in Mexico’s understudied period from 1580 to 1730. From royal edicts to local notarial and ecclesiastical sources, her project bridges the workings of the Spanish empire with the quotidian experiences of people and towns on the periphery.

Professor Terrazas Williams offers courses on colonial and contemporary Latin America, including those that focus on the African Diaspora, women’s history, slavery, sexuality, religion, and social justice movements.


  • Danielle Terrazas Williams Awarded Fellowship

    July 2, 2018

    Danielle Terrazas Williams, assistant professor of history, was awarded a Huntington long-term fellowship to conduct research at the library for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Danielle Terrazas Williams Appointed

    June 7, 2017

    Assistant Professor of History Danielle Terrazas Williams was recently nominated and appointed to the President’s Council of Cornell Women.