- American Slavery
- Comparative Slavery
- U.S. South (particularly antebellum)
- Atlantic World
- World History
My current research interests focus on the relations between slaves and animals in the Atlantic World. Within this scope of research I have looked at the spiritual symbolism associated with owls as harbingers of death in antebellum Georgia. Another paper explores the metaphorical representations of animals in the jongos sung by slaves in Brazil. Both projects draw heavily on oral history projects conducted in both countries in the twentieth century.
I am also very interested in other aspects of the slave experience in the Atlantic world. For a previous project I looked at the urban slaves' use of inside and outside spaces in Rio de Janeiro's brotherhood churches. Another study looked to the naming patterns of European slave ships during the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.
I am preparing to spend a year studying at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil as part of a dual doctoral degree programme.
Slave Ships, Sea Horses, and Swallows: European Ship Naming Practices in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1750-1755. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of The Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Rice University, Houston, April 2014.
A Transition in Childhood: When African-American Enslaved Children Learned of Their Status. Paper presented at the BrANCH Special Conference “British Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century American History,” Rice University, Houston, April 2014.
Slaves, Soberania, and Space: Slave Celebrations Inside and Outside Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro’s Brotherhood Churches. Paper presented at the LAGO Border Encounters in the Americas Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans, February 2014.
“‘Oh, That I Had Wings Like a Dove! I Would Fly Away and Be at Rest’: The Souls of Black Folk in the Slave Community in Antebellum Georgia.” Paper presented at the History Graduate Student Association, LSU, Baton Rouge, March 2013.