Department of History

Bethany Wade

  • Graduate Student

I am a Cultural Historian of the Atlantic World with a focus on the visual and material culture of nineteenth century urban cemeteries. Before coming to Pitt, I completed an MA in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of British Columbia (2014), investigating how the design, construction and early use of the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón were linked to the emergence of a Cuban national identity. Prior to that I earned a BA in Cultural Studies from UBC (2012). My current research builds on my work with the material culture of nineteenth century urban cemeteries, broadening my analysis to include other port cities in the Caribbean.

Advisor: Reid Andrews


Latin America History (Caribbean)
History of Visual and Material Culture
Urban History

Teaching Experience

The West and the World (teaching fellow)
Cultural Images of Latin America (guest lecturer)
Canadian Society (teaching assistant) 

Representative Publications

Conference Presentations:

“From Metropolis to Necropolis: Nationalism and the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, 1868-1898.” Stony Brook Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center Annual Conference, New York, N.Y., April 2014.

“From Metropolis to Necropolis: Cuban Architecture and the Politics of Place in the Cristobal Colón Cemetery, 1871-1898” Urban History Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2014.