Anne Eller is an associate professor in the History Department and an Affiliate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and African American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History and the African Diaspora at NYU and her B.A. in History at Columbia University. She previously taught at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.
Her first book, We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom, focuses on the reoccupation of the Dominican Republic by Spain in 1861 and particularly the massive popular anti-colonial movement that followed. The book deepens study of the impact of the Haitian Revolution and breaks from paradigms that emphasize perpetual conflict between Haitians and Dominicans in the nineteenth century. It contextualizes the small body of writing of Dominican elites with analyses of inclusive and popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to fragments of poetry and song.
Currently, Eller’s research explores the political struggles over emancipation and popular politics in greater Caribbean and hemispheric context during the latter decades of the nineteenth century. Her work has been published in the The American Historical Review, Small Axe, and other fora. She has participated in colloquia at venues like the Dominican National Archives and Philadelphia’s Taller Puertorriqueño and in the Digital Library of the Caribbean’s online exhibit “Haiti: An Island Luminous.”