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Miguel Alberto Novoa


  • M.I.A., International Development & Economic Policy | Texas A&M University (2015)
  • Grad.Cert., Nonprofit Management | Texas A&M University (2015)
  • B.A., History & Economics | Texas A&M University (2013)


Miguel is a historian of nineteenth-century Latin America, specializing in slavery's abolition and post-emancipation society. A first-generation college student, he fosters inclusive classroom learning through student-centered teaching. Miguel applies historical research to understand the roots of structural inequality.

As Teaching Consultant Fellow at the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) since 2018, Miguel co-created online writing guides for Teaching Philosophy and Diversity statements to improve Graduate Student teaching. Previously, at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C., he chronicled the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill's Congressional legislation. In a 2015 group project for the World Bank, "Youth Employment in Ghana: Conditions & Determinants," he studied causes and potential solutions to the youth labor crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2014-2015, Miguel worked as Graduate Writing Consultant at Texas A&M's Writing Center.

Miguel's interdisciplinary research unites economics, international affairs, and history. His 2013 Honors Research Fellow undergrad thesis argues that the Inca Empire's renown socioeconomic regulations actually sowed its demise. His study about international pressure for slavery's abolishment in Peru earned the Conference Excellence Award at the 2013 Texas A&M History Conference. In 2014, Miguel won First Place Among Graduate Researchers (Social Sciences) at Texas A&M's Student Research Week for "Pacific Interests Over the South Atlantic," a study of the Falklands War from the historical balance of power in South America involving Chile, Peru, and Argentina.

Born in Lima, Peru, Miguel has lived most of his life in Central Texas. He enjoys musicology, food history, and language translation. He is working on founding the International Music History Database (IMHD), a website dedicated to fostering a competent understanding of world cultures through musical traditions. He has authored Wikipedia featured articles about Latin American culture and the Falkland Islands. For leisure, Miguel cooks Peruvian food and plays the Peruvian Cajon musical instrument.

Research Focus

Miguel researches the threat of re-enslavement over Afro-Peruvian freedpeople, from 1854-1858, juxtaposing this against Peru's Guano Boom bonanza fertilizer sales to Europe and the United States. He uncovers the links between the elite's machinations for guano affluence and slavery's precarious abolition. Moreover, Miguel proves how Afro-Peruvians protected their own freedoms amid uncertain conditions caused by political instability and limited prospects for labor and housing. By closely examining the predicaments faced by freedpeople, Miguel illuminates how the neglected issue of re-enslavement afflicted post-emancipation Afro-Peruvian society and set the foundation for their present social, political, and economic marginalization.

Selected Publications

Book Chapter
  • Novoa, Miguel (2019). “Can the Subaltern Laugh? A study of Humor, Power, and Resistance." Historians Without Borders: New Studies in Multidisciplinary History. Edited by Lawrence Abrahams and Kaleb Knoblauch. New York: Routledge.
Working Paper
Articles for the Wikimedia Foundation


Since 2016, Miguel works as Teaching Assistant at UC Davis. 


  • David L. Boren Fellowship, National Security Education Program (2020)
  • Mellon Racial Capitalism Fellowship (2018)
  • Feminist Research Institute Fellowship (2018)
  • Women's Research Center Grant (2018)
  • Center for Educational Effectiveness TAC Fellowship (2018)
  • Graduate Student of Color Summer Research Award (2017)
  • Reed-Smith Travel Research Award UC (2017, 2018)
  • Tinker Foundation Summer Research Grant (2016)
  • UC Davis Provost's Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (2015-2016)
  • Puig-Mueller Endowed Fellowship (2013-2015)