Diego Ayala

Department of History, Class of 2022
Certificate in Latin American studies




Diego Ayala is a junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in History and pursuing a certificate in Latin American studies. He is interested in the comparative history of settler colonialism, peasant and indigenous displacement and the development of capitalism. In particular, he is interested in the comparative histories of settlement, colonialism and displacement of peasants and indigenous peoples in Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Ireland, and their effects on land tenure structures and the development of capitalism on the three islands.

 When he is not zooming into class or working remotely, he enjoys reading, hiking and trying to grow recao and ají dulce— two examples of the many living and vibrant Taíno elements of Puerto Rican culture— in his backyard.


Selected Publications