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Arizona State University
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Medieval history, slavery, trade, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Italy, Egypt
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About Me

I am interested in the trade in slaves from the Black Sea into the Mediterranean during the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries. I work mainly with sources in Latin and Arabic produced in the major slave markets of Genoa, Venice, and Cairo. My book on this topic, That Most Precious Merchandise: The Mediterranean Trade in Black Sea Slaves, 1260-1500 is forthcoming in fall 2019.

Recent Publications

“Christianities in Conflict: The Black Sea as a Genoese Slaving Zone in the Later Middle Ages,” in Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery, ed. Jeff Fynn-Paul and Damian Alan Pargas (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 50-69.

“Purchasing a Slave in Fourteenth-Century Cairo: Ibn al-Akfānī’s Book of Observation and Inspection in the Examination of Slaves,” Mamluk Studies Review 19 (2016): 1-24.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Italy, Egypt, Ukraine, Russia
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Russia, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Gender, Labor, Law, Race, Slavery