Daina Ramey Berry is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a specialist in the history of gender and slavery in the United States. She is the author of Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia (2007), which explores how gender, labor skill, and economy influenced a bondperson’s slavery experience and family life. Her current project is an economic and social history of prices for the enslaved in the South. She is also currently coediting, with Leslie Harris, a volume on slavery and freedom in Savannah, Georgia, as well as editing an encyclopedia on slave women. Berry is also an OAH distinguished lecturer.
Trevor Burnard is a professor of History and Head of School at the University of Melbourne. He has written extensively on slavery in the Caribbean, with a particular focus on Jamaica. Perhaps his most well-known work is Mastery, Tyranny and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (2004), which explores the social, racial, and gendered and sexual power dynamics in eighteenth-century Jamaica. Burnard is currently co-writing a book comparing mid-eighteenth century Jamaica and Saint Domingue with John Garrigus of the University of Texas, Arlington, the Routledge History of Slavery, co-edited with Gad Heuman, of Warwick, and a social, demographic and economic history of white and black in Jamaica 1655-1780.
Adrienne Davis is Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also is the founder and current co-director of the Law, Identity, and Culture Initiative and directs the Black Sexual Economies Project for the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital. Her scholarship emphasizes the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery. She also does work on conceptions of justice and reparations, marriage and sexuality, and work/family conflict. She coedited Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America (1996) and is a former editor of the Journal of Legal Education and Law and History Review as well as a past chair of the law and humanities section of the American Association of Law Schools. Davis is also an OAH distinguished lecturer.
Steven Deyle is an associate professor of History at the University of Houston. He specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. social and political history, with a particular interest in slavery and the Old South. Deyle’s first book Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life (2005), examines both the fundamentals of the domestic slave trade, or the buying and selling of American-born slaves, and the larger impact that it had on American society. It was the 2005 winner of Southern Historical Association’s Bennett H. Wall Award for the best book on southern business or economic history published within the previous two years. It was also nominated by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition as one of three finalists for the society’s annual Frederick Douglass Prize.
Tom Foster is associate professor and chair of History at DePaul University. He specializes in Early America, U.S. Women’s and Gender History, and the history of sexuality. Foster has edited two books on sexuality in Early America: New Men: Manliness in Early America (2011) and Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America (2007). His monograph, Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America (2006) explores manhood and sexuality in eighteenth-century Massachusetts.
Marisa Fuentes, is assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History at Rutgers University. Her research interests include post-colonial theory and analyses of sexuality and gender in the Black Atlantic World. She is currently at work on a manuscript that explores the spatial, historical, and symbolic confinement enslaved women experienced in two eighteenth-century British Atlantic port cities: Bridgetown, Barbados and Charleston, South Carolina. Ultimately, Fuentes hopes to show how the construction of legal, architectural and historical “spaces” marked enslaved women’s bodies and experiences, in life and death.
Leslie M. Harris is associate professor of history and African American studies at Emory University. She is author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (2003) and coeditor, with Ira Berlin, of Slavery in New York (2005). She is currently at work on a family history of New Orleans between 1965 (Hurricane Betsy) and 2005 (Hurricane Katrina), as well as an edited volume on slavery and freedom in Savannah, and the history of manhood and masculinity in the slave South. Harris is also cofounder and director of the Transforming Community Project of Emory University, which seeks to engage all members of the university community in the active recovery of and reflection on the history of race at Emory and its meaning for the institution today. Harris is also an OAH distinguished lecturer.
Tera Hunter is professor of History at Princeton University. She is a U.S. historian, with specializations in African-Americans, gender, labor, and the South. She is particularly interested in the history of slavery and freedom. Her first book, To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War (1997), received several prizes including the H. L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association, the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women’s Historians, and the Book of the Year Award from the International Labor History Association. Hunter is currently writing a book on African-American marriages in the nineteenth century.
Wilma King is the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. King is a specialist in African-American history and has written extensively on the experiences of women and children during slavery and freedom. Her book Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth Century America (1996, 2nd ed. 2010) remains the definitive text on the subject, and has been revised to examine the lives of black boys and girls, from the transatlantic slave trade to the Civil Rights Movement. She has also explored the lives of free black women during slavery in Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women During the Slave Era (2006). King is also an OAH distinguished lecturer.
Barbara Krauthamer Barbara Krauthamer received her PhD from Princeton University. Her primary areas of research and publication are: slavery and emancipation in the United States; African American/Native American intersections; comparative slavery; critical race and gender theory. She has recently completed her first monograph, titled Native Country: African American Slavery, Freedom and Citizenship in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian Nations. It is the first full-length study of chattel slavery and the lives of enslaved people in these two Indian nations. The book also reveals the centrality of slavery and racial ideology in Native leaders' definitions of Indian sovereignty, as well as in U.S. federal policy towards Indian peoples and territory. She has already written a number of articles and book chapters on the subjects of slavery in Indian Territory, and African American/Native American intersections. Her work has been supported with funding from the NEH, Stanford University, Yale University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on two books. The first is a study of runaway slave women that frames enslaved women as intellectual and political actors and examines the meanings and manifestations of freedom in their lives. The second is a co-authored history of nineteenth-century visual representations of slavery and emancipation. Professor Krauthamer is on leave and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011-12.
Jessica Millward is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on comparative slavery and emancipation, African American history, gender and the law. Dr. Millward’s forthcoming manuscript is titled, Charity’s Folk: Enslaved Women and Gendered Visions of Freedom in Revolutionary Maryland (Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press). She is the author of “Teaching African American History in the Age of Obama,” which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Brown Wood award for the best article in African American Women’s History for her article titled, “More History Than Myth: African American Women’s History since the Publication of Ar’n’t I a Woman,” Journal of Women’s History Vol. 19 No. 2 (Summer 2007): 161-167.” Dr. Millward’s work has appeared in Frontier’s: A Journal of Women’s History and is scheduled to appear in The Journal of African American History and the Women’s History Review.
Jennifer L. Morgan is professor of history and of social and cultural analysis and director of graduate studies at New York University. Her research examines the intersections of gender and race in colonial America, and she is author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (2004), which examines how black women’s labor, as workers and mothers, was central to the establishment of racial ideologies upon which New World slavery depended and thrived. She is currently at work on a project that considers colonial numeracy, racism, and the rise of the transatlantic slave trade, tentatively entitled “Accounting for the Women in Slavery.” Morgan is also a distinguished OAH lecturer.
Kym Morrison is in her fourth year as an assistant professor in the Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Duke University and worked for a few years in weapons systems development for the defense industry, before turning to the study of history. She completed her master’s and doctorate at the University of Florida with concentrations in Cuban, Latin American, and African Diaspora social histories. Her research focuses on the relationship between family-formation patterns and racial-identity construction in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Cuba. Toward this end, she has traveled extensively throughout the island on several occasions. She has published in Cuban Studies/ Estudios Cubanos, the Journal of Social History, Abolition & Slavery, the Encyclopedia of the Modern World, and in the forthcoming anthology, Africans to Spanish America.
Sowande’ Mustakeem formerly held a two year Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in History at Washington University in St. Louis and currently she is an assistant professor, jointly appointed in History and African & African American Studies. Some of her research and teaching interests include: Middle Passage Studies, Atlantic World slavery, Black women’s history, gender, violence, the social history of medicine, and studies of the Black Atlantic/African Diaspora. She has received a host of national fellowships and most recently has an article forthcoming for publication entitled, “’She Must Go Overboard & Shall Go Overboard’: Diseased Bodies and the Spectacle of Murder at Sea” which will be published in Atlantic Studies this coming fall. At this juncture, Sowande’ is working on her manuscript, “Routes of Terror: Gender, Health and Power in the Eighteenth Century Middle Passage” which conducts a socio-cultural history of the Middle Passage by foregrounding the integral connection of slaving voyages to the evolution of slave societies during the legal era of the 18th century Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Tamara J. Walker is assistant professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Ladies and Gentlemen, Slaves and Citizens: Dressing the Part in Lima, 1723-1845, which focuses on the relationship between clothing and status in an ethnically diverse slaveholding society, with particular attention to the meanings given to dress and deportment both by subordinate members of the society and by those who presumed to control them. Using clothing as a tracer, it demonstrates the ways in which the legal, economic, and social restrictions imposed upon slaves and free castas (as the offspring of Europeans, Africans, and Indians were known) affected their access to material goods, but could not prevent them from using such goods to display their own sense of identity and status.
University of Utah
Tiffany M. Gill
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin
Kali Nicole Gross
University of Texas at Austin, and
Organization of American Historians
Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History, Ideas; and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History
University of Texas at Austin
Jennifer M. Wilks
University of Texas at Austin