Araujo, Ana Lucia

Clark-Lewis, Elizabeth

Foster, Thomas A.

Kerr-Ritchie, Jeffrey

Mabeko-Tali, Jean-Michel

Medford, Edna

Muraya, Petronella

Scott, Daryl

Swan, Quito

Taylor, Nikki

Tolbert, Emory

Toungara, Jeanne

Wright-Lewis, Kay


Carrington, Selwyn

DeLeon, David

Dey, Balaram

Reidy, Joseph

In memoriam:

Aziz Batran (1941-2011)


Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie

Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie researches the abolition of slave systems at local, national, and international levels together with the consequences in the nineteenth century Atlantic Americas. Freedpeople in the Tobacco South: Virginia, 1860-1900 explains the emergence of a small but vital black landowning class in post-emancipation Virginia as a consequence of global transformations in the tobacco economy. His book Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World charts solid parallels between African-American and British Caribbean anti-slavery movements as transnational sites of commemoration and mobilization. Freedom’s Seekers: Essays on Comparative Emancipation employs comparative methodology to unearth similarities, differences, and connections in transnational abolition. His latest book Rebellious Passage: The Creole Revolt and America’s Coastal Slave Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2019) reveals the unexplored maritime dimensions of the US slave trade together with its contestation and consequences. The common themes of this research are that slaves contributed toward the destruction of slave systems, emancipation transformed the lives and culture of the formerly enslaved as well as former slave societies, and that these changes were historically significant.


Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1993
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