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Middlebury College
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Elsa Barraza Mendoza is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Middlebury College and the associate curator of the Georgetown Slavery Archive. Her research focuses on the lives of people enslaved at universities as well as the financial connections between slavery and higher education in the United States.  Her work on slaveholding at Georgetown University was recently published in the Journal of Jesuit Studies. She is the co-editor of Facing Georgetown’s History: A Reader on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation (Georgetown University Press, 2021).

She is currently working on a study of slaveholding at Jesuit schools across the country, tentatively titled Property of the College: Slavery and the Origins of Jesuit Universities in America.

Mendoza received her PhD in History from Georgetown University. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellowship, the Cushwa Center for the study of American Catholicism,  the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and a faculty fellowship at Harvard University’s Warren Center for the Study of American History.

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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
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Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Science, Slavery