19th c. United States
17th-19th c. Africa
My dissertation is on the cultural consequences of the westward forced migration of enslaved men and women to the Lower Mississippi Valley during the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I pair probate, conveyance, and mortgage records with interrogation transcripts of resistant enslaved people, all of which are housed in local courthouses. Together, they tell how African and African-descended people recreated communities on cotton and sugar plantations amid a slave trade that continually brought new men and women to the plantation gates. My dissertation will contribute to our histories of slavery, race, identity, and capitalism in the nineteenth-century United States and Atlantic World. My research has been supported by the Louisiana Historical Association, Louisiana State University Libraries, and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. I learned I loved historical research at Tulane University, where I wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on Tulane and slavery. In May 2019, I will begin one year with The Journal of Southern History as the John B. Boles Editing Fellow. My adviser is James Sidbury.
I grew up in New Jersey but left home to attend Tulane University in 2009. I graduated with a B.A. in history in 2013 after writing an honors thesis on the connection between the Medical College of Louisiana and the University of Louisiana, schools that eventually became Tulane, and slavery. My adviser is James Sidbury.