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Washington St. U, Vancouver
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slavery, race, France, law, colonialism, abolition, freedom, emancipation
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About Me

Meyer Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and History at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus, I teach the history slavery and abolition, European colonialism, early modern European popular culture, and women and gender in early modern Europe. My research takes me to Europe and the Indian Ocean region.

Recent Publications

Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford, 2017), is a microhistory of a mixed-race family in slavery and freedom in Réunion and Mauritius during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is the winner of three book prizes.

There Are No Slaves in France: The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Régime (Oxford University Press, 1996), recovers the lost history of slaves’ freedom suits in France based on France’s Free Soil principle and legislation known as the Police des Noirs. Subsequent works address France’s non-white residents in greater chronological and geographical scope, including: The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, ed. with Tyler Stovall (Duke University Press, 2002); Slavery, Freedom and the Law in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Bedford Books, 2007); The Free Soil Principle in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Routledge, 2014); Le Droit des Noirs en France au temps de l’esclavage(L’Harmattan, 2014) and articles in French Historical Studies, Journal of Social History, Clio, and Annales: Histoire/Sciences Sociales, among others.

Her current research project, “The Failure of the Succès: Anatomy of a Slave Smuggling Voyage” uncovers the clandestine trafficking of slaves in the Indian Ocean world, ca. 1820, and its legacies to the present.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
France, Mauritius, United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
Africa, France, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Gender, Law, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery, Women