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First Name
Laura Rosanne
Last Name
Tulane University
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African diaspora, slavery, emancipation, abolition, Atlantic slave trade, Caribbean, African-American
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About Me

Laura Rosanne Adderley is Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she has worked almost continuously since 1996. She works primarily as a comparative slavery historian focusing particularly on the 19th century, and the era of slave trade abolition and emancipation. Although the bulk of her research has concerned British slave trade suppression and the Africans affected by it, because of the nature of the 19th-century Atlantic slave trade, her research work has various transnational components across multiple colonial and geographic boundaries, including most significantly interaction between the British and Spanish colonized Caribbean and North America. Adderley is author of “New Negroes from Africa” : Slave Trade Abolition and Free African Settlement in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean (2006).  The book was a co-winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize for African Diaspora History, a prize jointly awarded by the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).  Adderley is currently working on several book projects including a micro-history of involving sexual assault aboard a 19th-century slave ship and a study of the earliest “liberated Africans” settled in Antigua, the Bahamas and Tortola during the 1820s.  Since 2013 she has served as the administrative director for the Africana Studies Program at Tulane. She also serves as as one of two Tulane representatives on the Board of the Amistad Research Center; and is currently a board member and secretary for the academic Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD).  She is also a part of a New Orleans based effort to research and create public education around the life and legacy of African-American Episcopal saint, Frances Joseph Gaudet–an early 20th-century and educator and prison reform advocate.  Adderley is also broadly interested in public history projects related to black enslavement and its legacies around the Americas; with a focus on how high quality public history projects can influence visionary public policies and strong community culture in the present.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Latin America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Emancipation, Slavery