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Dr. Timothy D. Walker (Brief Bio & C.V.) 

Ph.D. in History (Early Modern Europe/Colonial Expansion); Boston University, 2001.
Associate Professor of History
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road                                                                         
North Dartmouth, MA  02747            
Tel: 1-508-999-8301
FAX:  1-508-999-8809


Biographical Information

Dr. Timothy Walker (B.A., Hiram College, 1986; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University, 2001) is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  At UMD, he serves as Fulbright Program Advisor (faculty and students); Associate Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (2007-2009); a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Portuguese Studies; and an affiliated faculty member of the Center of Indian Studies and Program in Women’s Studies. Walker is also an Affiliated Researcher of the Centro de História de Além-Mar (CHAM); Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.  From 1994 to 2003, he was a visiting professor at the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon.  During Fall Term 2010 Walker was a visiting professor at Brown University.

Walker is the recipient of a Fulbright dissertation fellowship to Portugal (1996-1997), a doctoral research fellowship from the Portuguese Camões Institute (1995-1996), and a NEH-funded American Institute for Indian Studies Professional Development Grant for post-doctoral work in India (2000-2002).  Walker has also been named a fellow of the Portuguese Orient Foundation (Fundação Oriente), the Luso-American Development Foundation (2003 & 2008), and has held a Wellcome Trust Travel Grant to the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London (Spring 2003).  Walker also worked as a Lisbon-based researcher (1999-2001) on the Atlantic Slave Trade CD-Rom Database Project (Cambridge U. Press; D. Eltis, S. Behrendt & D. Richardson) and on the Global History of Leprosy Project, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford University (2003). During the 2003-2004 academic year, Walker taught for the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea program.  From 2005 to 2007 he held a U.C. Davis/Mars Research Fellowship while working on the “Colonial Chocolate Project,” coordinated through the University of California Davis Department of Nutrition.  He remains a consultant for the Historical Division of Mars, Inc.  In 2007, Walker was named a senior researcher on a National Science Foundation-funded project to study the competitive sharing of contested religious sites around the globe (2007-2011).  Beginning in December 2010 he held a fellowship from the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, to support the writing of a new monograph on Indo-Portuguese colonial medicine and hybridized medical culture.  Most recently, Walker was named a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (July 2012-June 2013).  

Teaching fields include Early Modern Europe, the Atlantic World, the Portuguese and their empire, maritime history and European global colonial expansion. Current research topics focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, and include the adoption of colonial indigenous medicines by European science during the Enlightenment, slave trading in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as commercial and cultural links between the Portuguese overseas colonies in Asia, Africa and the Americas.



• Associate Professor; Department of History, September 2004-present (tenure & promotion 2010).
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA, 02747.

• Visiting Professor of History at Brown University; Fall Term 2010.

• Professor of History, Fall Term, 2003; Spring Term 2004.
Institute for Shipboard Education Semester at Sea Program; William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, 15260.
Served as a history professor on two round-the-world educational voyages. Taught the following courses: European Colonization in the Tropics; Maritime History during the Age of Sail; Comparative Global Slave Trade Systems.

• Visiting Professor of History, Annually 1994-1996; 1998-2001; 2003.
Universidade Aberta de Lisboa (Open University of Lisbon); Rua da Escola Politécnica, 147; 1250 Lisbon, Portugal.
Designed, planned and conducted a graduate seminar course in problems of American history and historiography as part of a Master's degree program in American Studies for Portuguese and other European Union students.

Affiliated Researcher:  Centro de História de Além-Mar (CHAM); Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2009-present).




Doctors, Folk Medicine and the Inquisition:  The Repression of Magical Healing in Portugal during the Enlightenment.  Brill Academic Publishers; Leiden, The Netherlands (2005).

Médicos, Medicina Popular e a Inquisição. Portuguese translation of the above text.  Joint publication of the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (Lisbon, Portugal) and the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (2013).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

1. “Circulation of Medicine in the Early Modern Atlantic World” (co-author with Dr. Harold J. Cook; Brown University).  Introduction to Mobilising Medicine:  Trade & Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic World, a special issue of The Social History of Medicine 26:3 (2013); Harold J. Cook and Timothy D. Walker, eds.

2. “The Medicines Trade in the Portuguese Atlantic World:  Dissemination of Plant Remedies and Healing Knowledge from Brazil, c. 1580-1830.”  In Mobilising Medicine:  Trade & Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic World, a special issue of The Social History of Medicine 26:3 (2013).

3. “Intersecting Religioscapes:  A Comparative Approach to Trajectories of Change, Scale, and Competitive Sharing of Religious Spaces” (co-author with Dr. Robert Hayden; University of Pittsburgh).  In the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81:2 (2013).

4. “Atlantic Dimensions of the American Revolution:  Imperial Priorities and the Portuguese Reaction to the North American Bid for Independence (1775-1783).”  In the Journal of Early American History 2 (2012), pp. 247–285.

5. “The Early Modern Globalization of Indian Medicine:  Portuguese Dissemination of Drugs and Healing Techniques from South Asia on Four Continents, 1670-1830.”  Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies, Number 19 (Dr. Cristiana Bastos, guest editor; September 2010).

6.  “Slave Labor and Chocolate in Brazil:  The Culture of Cacao Plantations in Amazonia and Bahia (17th-19th Centuries).”  In a special issue of the journal Food and Foodways, Carole Counihan and Allen Grieco, eds. (Taylor and Francis, June 2007).

7.  “Slaves, Soldiers and the Indian Mutiny as Seen from Goa:  One Portuguese Response to the Crisis in British India, 1857-1859,” in The Portuguese Studies Review, 11 (2), 2004.

8.  “The Role of the Popular Healer in Early Modern Portugal.”  In Manguinhos:  História Ciências Saúde (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Volume 11, Supplement 1, 2004.

9.  “Abolishing the Slave Trade in Portuguese India:  Documentary Evidence of Popular and Official Resistance to Crown Policy, 1842-1860.”  In Slavery and Abolition, Vol. 25, No. 2. London: Taylor and Francis, Ltd., 2004.

10. “Sorcerers and Folkhealers:  Africans and the Inquisition in Portugal (1680-1800).”  In Revista Lusófona de Ciênciadas Religiões; Ano III, 2004; no. 5 (Paris; Gulbenkian Foundation) (pp. 83-98).

11. "Remedies from the Carreira da  Índia:  Asian Influences on Portuguese Medicine during the Age of Enlightenment."  In The Portuguese Studies Review, Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2, 2001.

12. "Slaves, Free Blacks and the Inquisition in Early Modern Portugal:  Race as a Factor in Magical Crimes Trials."  In The Bulletin of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Vol. XXV No. 2, 2000.


Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume Chapters:

1. “The Role and Practices of the Female Folk Healer (Curandeira, Saludadora and Parteira) in the Early Modern Portuguese Atlantic World.” Contribution for the edited volume: Women in the Iberian Atlantic World (1500-1800); Sarah Owen and Jane Mangan, editors (Louisiana State U. P., 2012).

2. “European Ambitions and Early Contacts:  Diverse Styles of Colonization (1492-1700),” opening chapter for new colonial American history textbook: Converging Worlds: Communities and Cultures in Colonial America, Louise Breen, editor (Routledge Press, December 2011).

3.  “Supplying Simples for the Royal Hospital:  An Indo-Portuguese Medicinal Garden in Goa (1550-1830).”  In The Making of the Luso-Asian World:  Intricacies of Engagement, Laura Jarnagin, ed.  (Singapore:  The Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, 2011).

4. “Stocking Colonial Pharmacies:  Commerce in South Asian Indigenous Medicines from their Native Sources in the Portuguese Estado da Índia.” Chapter in the edited volume Networks in the First Global Age (1400-1800); Rila Mukherjee, editor (New Delhi:  Primus Press, 2011).

5. “Acquisition and Circulation of Medical Knowledge within the Portuguese Colonial Empire during the Early Modern Period.”  In Science, Power and the Order of Nature in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires (edited volume), Daniela Bleichmar, Kristin Huffine, Paula De Vos and Michael Sheehan, eds. (Stanford University Press, 2009).

6. “Cure or Confection?:  Chocolate in the Portuguese Royal Court and Colonial Hospitals, c. 1580-1830.” In Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage, Louis Grivetti and Howard Shapiro, eds. (Wiley, 2009).

7. “Establishing Cacao Plantation Culture in the Atlantic World:  Portuguese Colonial Cacao Cultivation in Brazil and West Africa, c. 1580-1912.” In Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage (Wiley, 2009).

8.  “Physicians and surgeons in the service of the Inquisition: the nexus of religion and conventional medical training in enlightenment-era Portugal.” In Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe (edited volume), Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham, eds. (Ashgate Publishing, 2007).

9.  “A Commodities Price Guide and Merchants’ Handbook to the Ports of Asia:  Portuguese Trade Information-Gathering and Marketing Strategies in the Estado da Índia (circa 1750-1800).” In Metahistory: History Questioning History; A Festschrift for Teotónio R. de Souza (edited collection), Dr. Charles Borges and Dr. Michael N. Pearson, editors. (Lisbon, Nova Vega, 2007).

10.  “Slaves or Soldiers?  African Conscripts in Portuguese India, 1857-1860.”  In Slavery in the Indian Ocean Region (edited volume), Richard Eaton and Indrani Chatterjee, editors (Indiana U. P., 2006).

11. "Lisbon as a Strategic Haven in the Atlantic World." In Atlantic Perspectives; Willem W. Klooster and Alfred L. Padula, eds.  New York:  Prentice Hall, 2003.

12. "Evidence of the Use of Ayurvedic Medicine in the Medical Institutions of Portuguese India, 1680-1830." In Ayurveda at the Crossroads of Care and Cure.  Lisbon: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2002.

13. "The Role of Licensed Physicians and Surgeons in the Inquisition and at Court during the Reign of João V." In Discovery, New Frontiers and Expansion in the Luso-Hispanic World. The Mediterranean Studies Association, 1999.


Work in Progress:

1. Editor and Coordinator: English Translation Edition of:  José Pinto de Azeredo, Ensaios sobre algumas enfermidades de Angola [“Essays on Some Maladies of Angola”] (Lisbon: Regia Officina Typografica, 1799).  Co-editors: Drs. Adelino Dias Cardoso (UNL), António Braz de Oliveira (BNL) and Manuel Marques.  Publisher (2014): Tagus Press, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  Distributor: University Press of New England.

2. “Enlightened Despotism and the Lisbon Earthquake:  Asserting State Dominance Over the Church and Religious Sites in Absolutist Portugal.”  Submitted for a special issue of the Jornal da História de Arte; theme:  “Lisbon: Art and Heritage” (submitted July 2012).

3.  Co-author and co-editor of a collaborative scholarly volume describing NSF-funded project: Working Title:  Antagonistic Tolerance:  Contesting Shared Religious Spaces; A Comparative Model Integrating Analyses from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America. Authors:  Robert M. Hayden (P.I.), Aykan Erdemir, Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir, Timothy D. Walker, Devika Rangachari, Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, Enrique López-Hurtado, Milica Bakić-Hayden.

This collaboration is interdisciplinary:  colleagues represent Anthropology, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Art History and History.  Walker’s role is to examine and interpret sites in Portugal and in former Portuguese colonial enclaves in India.  Other regions examined include Mexico, Peru, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Northern India.

Project Website:



• Archbishop Marsh’s Library (Dublin, Ireland):  Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowship (2014). Project: “A Survey of Early Northern European Medical Texts to Assess Reciprocal Knowledge Exchanges with the Lusophone World.”

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (12 Months; July 2012-June 2013). Project: “Global Medical Exchanges in the Portuguese Colonial World”

P.I.; NEH “Landmarks in American History” Grant for teacher training workshops in MA (2011; 2013). Title: “Sailing to Freedom:  New Bedford and the Underground Railroad.” Award:  $178,000.00

• UMASSD Joseph P. Healey Endowment Grant (2012): $5000.00 to support research and transcription of Portuguese Jesuit documentation at the Society of Jesus Archive (ARSI), Rome; June/July 2012.

Fundação Gulbenkian Fellowship (Portugal) for Research & Book Manuscript Composition (2010-2011).

• Named Senior Research Scholar in a U.S. National Science Foundation Grant (2007-2011). Project Title: “Antagonistic Tolerance:  Global Comparative Perspectives on Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites”

• University of the Azores Mobility Program Antero de Quental/Luso-American Development Foundation Grant for research at the Regional Archives of the Azores (2009-2010).

• Affiliated Researcher:  Centro de História de Além-Mar (CHAM); Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2009-present).

• University of California Davis/Mars History of Chocolate Project Grant (January 2005-Summer 2007).

• Portuguese Fundação Oriente (Orient Foundation) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003-2004).

• Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Travel Grant (2003)(Affiliation at the Wellcome Centre, UCL).

• National Archive of Portugal/Luso-American Development Foundation Research Fellow (2002-2003; 2008).

• NEH/American Institute of Indian Studies Professional Development Grant to India (2000-2001; 2002).

• Boston University Humanities Foundation Award (1998).

• Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant to Portugal (1996-1997).

• Portuguese Instituto Camões Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (1995-1996).

• Luso-American Development Foundation Grant for Travel and Maintenance (1994; 1996; 1999; 2000).

• Invited Visiting Fellow and lecturer at the Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and the Sorbonne, Paris, France (One-month residency & four lectures completed in June 2007).

• Invited Visiting Fellow and lecturer at the University of Hyderabad; Centre for Regional Studies (14-26 January 2007) U.P.E. (University Professor Exchange) Visiting Scholar Presented four lectures on themes of Portuguese history for the campus academic community.

• Co-Editor and founder (with Dr. Timothy Coates, College of Charleston): “Classic Histories in Translation from the Portuguese-Speaking World” Series; a sub-series of the Adamastor Book Series, Tagus Press at UMASS Dartmouth. Each year, this new series will publish (in English) an important Portuguese-language text from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries that sheds light on the period of Portuguese maritime expansion and global interaction.