Formally trained as a secondary school teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, and Spanish), I transitioned to the field of History at the Master level where I immediately specialised in slavery studies. I am currently a dual degree candidate at both Rice University and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil. My dissertation is entitled "Beasts, Birds, and Bondsmen: Animal and Slave Interactions in Atlantic World Slavery" and is a trans-Atlantic study focusing on the relations and interactions between slaves and animals in the nineteenth-century slave societies of America, Brazil, and Cuba. Across the Atlantic world the vicious institution of slavery dehumanised enslaved Africans. European travellers drew frequent analogies between slaves and animals, be that in their social standing or phenotypically. Yet, through their perceptions of and relations with the animal world, African slaves demonstrated a dual humanisation of both animal and slave in an environment that viewed them otherwise. Through interacting with animals, slaves sought to establish a notion of humanity, regardless of white attempts to animalise them.