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 current book project Rebellious Passage: The Creole Revolt and America’s Coastal Slave Trade (under contract with Cambridge University Press) reveals the unexplored maritime dimensions of the Domestic slave trade and its successful contestation resulting from clashing empires at sea.

Courses taught:

  • H006: Black Diaspora
  • H173: Comparative Slavery
  • H175: Comparative Emancipation
  • H200: Historiography
  • H326: Colonial Slavery
  • H389: Readings in African Diaspora: Slavery
  • Readings in African Diaspora: Emancipation
  • H439: Research Seminar in African Diaspora

Qualifications & Affiliations:

  • 1984 BA History, Kingston Polytechnic, UK
  • 1992 Wesleyan University
  • 1993 Phd History, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2003 Schomburg Center Fellow, NY
  • 2004 National Humanities Center Fellow, NC
  • 2006 Howard University

Major Publications:


  • Electronic book on African American Protest Movements
  • Eleven refereed journal articles
  • Six book chapters
  • Speaking engagements across the United States and in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe

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