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Sherry Johnson

Prof. Dr. Sherry Johnson

Carson Fellow

Sherry Johnson investigates the issues of climate cycles, their visible weather effects (e.g., hurricanes and drought), and the consequences of severe weather events in the Caribbean and the Atlantic in the late eighteenth century. She received her doctorate in history from the University of Florida, and is now an associate professor in the Department of History at Florida International University in Miami. She has authored one monograph on Cuban history,  co-edited a collection of essays, and published sixteen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her most recent study, Climate, Catastrophe, and Crisis in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution is under editorial consideration.

At the Center, Johnson investigated the effects of five years of unusual and catastrophic weather events (1791-1796) and their disastrous consequences for a Spanish expeditionary army sent to Saint Domingue to contain the Haitian Revolution.

Film Interview with Sherry Johnson

Selected Publications:

  • Climate, Catastrophe, and Crisis in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
  • “El Niño, Environmental Crisis, and the Emergence of Alternative Markets in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1760s-1770s.” William & Mary Quarterly 62 (July 2005): 365-410.
  • “The St. Augustine Hurricane of 1811: Disaster and the Question of Political Unrest on the Florida Frontier.” Florida Historical Quarterly 84 (Summer 2005): 28-56.
  • “Climate,  Community, and Commerce, among Florida, Cuba, and the Atlantic World, 1784-1800." Florida Historical Quarterly 80 (Spring 2002): 455-482.
  • “The Rise and Fall of Creole Participation in the Cuban Slave Trade, 1789-1796." Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos 30 (March 1999): 52-75.

Last updated: April 2012