shawn w. miller is Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Fruitless Trees: Portuguese Conservation and Brazil’s Colonial Timber (Stanford University Press, 2000) and is currently working on an environmental history of Brazil’s São Francisco River.

lauren r. derby is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Dictator’s Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Dominican Republic (forthcoming). Her publications include “Haitians, Magic, and Money: Raza and Society in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands, 1900–1937,” Comparative Studies in Society and History (1994), which won the CLAH award; and “Gringo Chickens with Worms: Food and Nationalism in the Dominican Republic,” in Gilbert M. Joseph, Catherine C. LeGrand, and Richardo D. Salvatorre, eds., Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.–Latin American Relations (Duke University Press, 1998).

karen d. caplan is Assistant Professor of History...

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