Historian; University professor. Born– October 5, 1942, Summit, N.J. Grew up in Lima, Peru. Education– Duke University, B.A., 1964; Tulane University, M.A., 1969, Ph.D., 1972. Taught history and served as director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Alabama, 1972-2013. Chair, Department of History, 2000-2008.Member of the Conference of Latin American Historians and of the Latin American Studies Association. Contributed articles to periodicals, including the Hispanic American History Review and Journal of Latin American Studies. Wrote a weekly column on political affairs for the Tuscaloosa News. Awarded the status of professor emeritus on retirement in 2013.  Inducted into the Royal Order of Charles V, 2015.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982.


The Andean World. Arlington Heights, Ill.; Forum Press, 1984.

Bartolome’ de las Casas: A Biography.  Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Bartolome’ de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas.  Malden, MA, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Benjamin Capps and the South Plains: A Literary Relationship.  Denton:  University of Texas Press, 1990.

The Bolivarian Nations of Latin America. Arlington Heights, Ill.; Forum Press, 1984.

Caulkers and Carpenters in a New World; the Shipyards of Colonial Guayaquil. Athens, Ohio; Ohio University, Center for International Studies, 1980.

Estados Unidos el Peru, 1800-1995.  Lima:  Centro Peruano de Estudios internacionales, 1998.

Grace; W. R. Grace & Company, The Formative Years, 1850-1930. Ottawa, Ill.; Jameson Books, 1985.

Los Astilleros de Guayaquil Colonial. Guayaquil, Ecuador; Archive Historics Dee Guayas, 1978.

Los EE.UU. y el Peru, 1800-1995. Lima, CPEI, 1998.

Melting Pot Mayor:  William Russell Grace and the Election of 1880.  n.p., 1980.

Peru and the United States:  The Condor and the Eagle.  Athens;  UGA Press, 1999.

Joint Publications;

History of Modern Latin America..  Fort Worth, Texas; Harcourt Brace, 1999.


Hispanic Experience in North America: Sources for Study in the United States.  Columbus, Ohio:  Ohio State University Press, 1992.


Dependency Unbends; Case Studies in Inter-American Relations. Carrollton, Ga.; West Georgia College, 1978.


Alabama and the Borderlands, from Prehistory to Statehood. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1985.

The De Soto Chronicles: The Expedition of Hernando de Soto to Northern America in 1539-43.  2 vols.  University of Alabama Press, 1993.