Dr. Adrian Finucane

Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Colonial Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Trade

Email: afinucane@fau.edu
Office Phone: 561-297-3593


Dr. Finucane is an Associate Professor specializing in the history of the early modern Atlantic world. Her current book project, Captive Exchanges: Prisoners of War and the Trade in Secrets, 1700-1760, addresses themes of warfare and incarceration as well as empire and cultural contact in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

Her first book, The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire, explores the close, sometimes surprisingly cooperative relationships between agents of the British and Spanish empires through the slave trade in the early eighteenth-century Caribbean and was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Spring of 2016.

Dr. Finucane’s research interests include contact among peoples in the early modern Atlantic world, the history of race and gender in early European colonies, and the history of beliefs about witchcraft in early America. She has held fellowships through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in Early American History, and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.


Undergraduate Courses

  • U.S. History to 1877
  • Religion in America
  • Law in US History
  • Historical Methods
  • Magic and Superstition in the Atlantic World
  • History of Civilization

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)