Brian  Hamm
Assistant Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
History
308 Burns Hall
bhamm@samford.edu
205-726-4318

Brian Hamm is an historian of the early modern Atlantic world, specializing in religious history and the history of migration. Before coming to Samford in 2019, he was a Frankel Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is currently working to finish a book manuscript entitled Strangers and Kinsmen: Portuguese Immigrants and Local Society in the Spanish Circum-Caribbean, 1492-1665. At Samford, he teaches a variety of courses in Latin American history, as well as a survey course in modern world history. Since 2021, he has served as the coordinator of Samford’s Global & Cultural Studies Program.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., History, University of Florida, 2017
  • M.A., History, University of Florida, 2012
  • B.A., summa cum laude, History, Pepperdine University, 2010

Publications

  • “The Misadventures of Luis Méndez Chávez and the Origins of the Sephardic Colonization Movement.” Jewish History 35:1-2 (2021): 31-55.
  • “Between Acceptance and Exclusion: Spanish Responses to Portuguese Immigrants in the Sixteenth-Century Spanish Caribbean.” In The Spanish Caribbean and the Atlantic World in the Long Sixteenth Century, eds. Ida Altman and David Wheat (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019), 113-135.
  • “Constructing and Contesting Portuguese Difference in Colonial Spanish America, 1500- 1650.” Anais de História de Além-Mar 17 (2016): 303-336.

Courses

  • FOUN 101: Foundations
  • HIST 200: World History since 1500
  • HIST 350: Modern Latin America
  • HIST 355: Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 398: Witches, Heretics, and Inquisitions
  • HIST 440: Riots, Rebellions, and Revolutions in Latin America
  • UCCP 101: Cultural Perspectives I
  • UCCP 102: Cultural Perspectives II