James Almeida is a scholar of Colonial Latin America, the Early Modern Atlantic World, and understandings of human difference. His dissertation project is a social and labor history exploring the development of forced labor practices and the associated racial ideologies in colonial Andean silver mints. Located in what is today Bolivia and Peru, these mints were the subject of a series of overlapping and ambiguous labor projects that employed diverse groups of indigenous Andeans, Africans, Europeans, and their descendants. James holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Boise State University and Master of Arts in History from Florida International University. In 2019-2020 he is in residence as a Tyler Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC.