Mariana P. Candido specializes in the history of West Central Africa during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Her interests include the history of slavery; forced migration and labor; the South Atlantic world; and the African diaspora. She is the vice-chair of the Lusophone African Studies Organization and a network professor of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. She is also co-investigator in the projects “The Angolan Roots of Capoeira,” University of Essex/UK, and the "Escravidão e Formas de Sociabilidade: Escravos africanos em Mariana/MG, 1700-1750,” Universidade Federal Fluminense/Brazil.
Candido's publications include An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World. Benguela and its Hinterland (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Fronteras de Esclavización: Esclavitud, Comercio e Identidad en Benguela, 1780-1850 (Mexico: Colegio de Mexico Press, 2011); Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora, with Ana Lucia Araujo and Paul Lovejoy (Africa World Press, 2011); and articles in Slavery and Abolition, African Economic History, Portuguese Studies Review, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cahiers des Anneux de la Mémoire, and Brésil (s). Sciences Humaines et Sociales.
Candido teaches courses on precolonial African history, comparative slavery, and the roots of human trafficking: Imperialism, modern slavery and Africa. She has also taught graduate seminars on Precolonial African history and African slavery.
Book Chapters & Scholarly Articles
“Dona Aguida Gonçalves marchange à Benguela à la fin du XVIII siécle,” Brésil(s). Sciences humaines et sociales, 1 (2012): 33-54.
“Marriage, Concubinage, and Slavery in Benguela, ca. 1750-1850” in Nadine Hunt and Olatunji Ojo, Slavery and Africa and the Caribbean: A History of Enslavement and Identity since the 18 th century. London/New York: I.B. Tauris, 2012, 65-83
“African Freedom Suits and Portuguese Vassal Status: Legal Mechanisms for Fighting Enslavement in Benguela, Angola, 1800-1850,” Slavery and Abolition, 32, 3 (2011), 447-458
“Slave Trade and New Identities in Benguela, c. 1700-1860,” Portuguese Studies Review, 19, 1-2 (2011), 43-59
“Benguela et l'espace atlantique sud au dix-huitième siècle,” Cahiers des Anneux de la Mémoire, 14 (2011), 223-244
“Sub-Saharan Africa: Jihads, slave trade and early colonialism in the long eighteenth century,” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34, 4 (2011), 543-550
“Transatlantic Links: Benguela-Bahian Connections, 1700-1850,” in Slaving Paths: Rebuilding and Rethinking the Atlantic Worlds, Ana Lucia Araújo, Cambria Press, 2011, 239-272
“Tracing the Benguela Identity to the Motherland,” Ana L. Araújo, M. Candido and P. Lovejoy, eds., Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora. African World Press, 2011, 183-207
“Different Slave Journeys: Enslaved African Seamen on Board of Portuguese ships, c. 1760-1820,” Slavery and Abolition, 31, 4 (2010), 395-409
“Merchants and the Business of the Slave Trade in Benguela, c. 1750-1850,” African Economic History, 35 (2008), 1-30
“Trade, Slavery and Migration in the Interior of Benguela: the case of the Caconda, 1830-1870,” Beatrix Heintz and Achim von Oppen, Angola on the Move: Transport Routes, Communications, and History. Frankfurt: Otto Lemberck Publishers, 2008, 63-84