Angélica Márquez-Osuna

Angélica Márquez-Osuna

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Research Interests: Global history; history of colonialism and capitalism; Animal studies; natural history; environmental history; anthropology and ethnography; history of Latin America and the Global South.

Angélica’s dissertation Colonized Bees in the Tropical Frontier: Beekeeping and Modern Apiculture in the Yucatán Peninsula, Florida, and Cuba from 1760-1940 is about the history of beekeeping practices and industrial apiculture in the context of the Spanish colonization and the development of global capitalism. It focuses on the relocation of the European honeybee Apis Mellifera that does not exist in the Americas before the colonization, and the displacement of the native stingless bee Melipona beecheii which is also capable of producing large amounts of honey and wax and has been bred by Maya communities for over 3,000 years in the Yucatán Peninsula. Her research looks at the commonalities, connections, and differences between three locations that were crucial for the development of apiculture in the tropics: Florida, Cuba, and the Yucatán Peninsula. Angélica’s work emphasizes geopolitics, the changing borderlands in the history of colonialism and capitalism in the Americas, and the role of bees and beekeepers in these processes.

Angélica was born and raised in México. After college, she worked as a journalist and led a newspaper in her hometown Guadalajara. She worked in Yucatán on various interdisciplinary projects with historians and anthropologists. In 2016 she completed a second M.A. in History at University California Santa Barbara.


Beekeeping from the South. The Role of Native Bees in the Yucatán Peninsula during the 19th Century and the Birth of Modern Apiculture,” Environmental Studies Group, The University of Chicago, June 4th, 2021.

“Beekeeping during the hacienda expansion: Local Knowledge and Melipona bees in the 19th-Century Yucatán,” in the panel Local Transformations, Global Reconfigurations: From Colonial Bees and Water Management to Free – Trade Avocados in Latin America, CLAH The Conference on Latin American History in Affiliation with the American Historical Association, January 9th, 2021.

“Revolutionary Honeybees: The Displacement of the Native Bees in the Yucatán Peninsula,” at Tinker Symposium SOLCHA, Stanford University, November 21st, 2019.

“Transmodern Bees in the Tropics: Mapping Honey Production in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean,” Latin America As Laboratory Workshop, Harvard University. 2019

“Abejas modernas: la reconfiguración del paisaje y la ciencia en México del siglo XX,” panel Conexiones transnacionales de la ciencia mexicana. XV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México, October, Guadalajara, México: Universidad de Guadalajara. 2018

“Honeybee Networks. Beekeeping in the Twentieth Century: The Cuban case.” Building Bridges Beyond Disciplines, Graduate Students Researching in Cuba, May, New Haven, Connecticut, United States: Yale University. 2018

“Developing Bees: Capitalism, Environment, and Science in the History of Beekeeping.” Workshop Unusual Cures, History of Science Department, February, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States: Harvard University. 2018

Previous Degrees:
BA., Communication Studies with Concentration in Socio-Cultural Research, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Mexico (ITESO)
MA.,  Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico (UADY)
MA., History, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)

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