Position Type
- Present
Latin America

Frank “Trey” Proctor teaches courses in the history of Latin America and the Atlantic World. His research and teaching interests focus on Mexico, colonial Latin America, and Comparative Slavery.

Proctor’s research focuses on the lived experience of slaves of African descent and master-slave relations in Spanish America.  His first book, “Damned Notions of Liberty”: Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010) explores those issues in Mexico.  His next book project will explore similar questions from the perspective of the Spanish Empire in an attempt to move away from “national” histories.  His work has appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review and The Americas and he has contributed chapters to the edited volumes Black Mexico (University of New Mexico, 2009) and Africans to Spanish America (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming).

In 2005, Proctor joined the Denison faculty after teaching at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA for two years. Professor Proctor earned his BA from University of California at Davis, his MA from the University of Arizona, and his PhD from Emory University.


B.A., University of California, Davis; M.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Emory University



Damned Notions of Liberty: Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769. University of New Mexico Press, 2010.

“An ‘Imponderable Servitude’: Slave versus Master Litigation for Maltratamiento or Sevicia (Cruelty) in late-Eighteenth Century Lima, Peru,” The Journal of Social History 48:3 (2015): 662-684.

“‘From the land of Angola’: Slavery, Marriage, and African Diasporic Identities in Mexico City before 1650,” in Global Africa, Judith Byfield and Dorothy Hodgson, eds. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017), 49-58.