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Last Name
Coastal Carolina University
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Africa, African Diaspora, African American, Atlantic World, Capitalism, Digital History, Public History, Slavery, US History, US South, World Civilizations, Women’s History
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About Me

Alisha M. Topete-Cromwell is an Assistant Professor of History at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, USA.  By examining business relationships between elite and enslaved women in Africa, the Caribbean and the American South, Professor Cromwell argues that female entrepreneurs were integral to the development of economic culture in the global economies and local marketplaces of the  nineteenth-century Atlantic World.  She is also a dedicated teacher who uses a variety of  techniques to engage students in active learning about our shared history.

Recent Publications

“The Gendered Nature of Atlantic World Marketplaces: Female Entrepreneurs in the Nineteenth Century American Lowcountry” in Jennifer Aston and Catherine Bishop eds., Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan’s Economic History Series, 2020)

“Enslaved Women in the Savannah Marketplace” in Leslie M. Harris and Daina Ramey Berry, eds., Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014), 53-4.


Media Coverage
2016 Liberty and Slavery: The Paradox of America’s Founding Fathers, taped interview for documentary film, produced by A. Troy Thomas and Inertia Films.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, Caribbean, North America
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Emancipation, Food History, Gender, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women