Participant Info

First Name
R. Isabela
Last Name
Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
Website URL
19th century, American South, American West, Emancipation, Family, Higher Education, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery
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Personal Info

About Me

​R. Isabela Morales is an author, historian, and museum professional based in New Jersey. Her first book, Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in  2022.

She is the Editor and Project Manager of Princeton University’s expansive public history initiative, The Princeton & Slavery ProjectHer research for the project has been featured in The New York TimesShe is also the Marketing and Digital Projects Manager at the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Skillman, NJ.

​Dr. Morales received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2019, specializing in the 19th-century United States, slavery, and emancipation. She completed an M.A. in history from Princeton in 2014 and a B.A. in history and American Studies from The University of Alabama in 2012. She is committed to making historical research accessible to diverse audiences, and has lectured widely on slavery and American history at academic conferences, university seminars, and community events.


Recent Publications

“Jonathan Edwards Jr.,” Princeton & Slavery Project.

“‘The Celebrated Alexander Dumas Watkins’: Princeton’s First Black Instructor,” Princeton & Slavery Project.

“The Riot of 1846,” The Princeton & Slavery Project.

“Marcus Marsh and Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia,” Princeton & Slavery Project.

“Princeton’s Slaveholding Presidents,” The Princeton & Slavery Project.

“Slavery at the President’s House,” The Princeton & Slavery Project.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Founding Era, Emancipation, Family, Higher Ed, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery