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Columbia University Department of History
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Caribbean, Atlantic World, African Diaspora, British Empire, emancipation, slavery, black freedom, resistance, labor, race, transnationalism, gender, black women, black identities.
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About Me

Natasha Lightfoot is an Associate Professor in the Columbia University Department of History. She is the author of Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (2015) and her work has been also published in Slavery & Abolition, The CLR James Journal, and The New York Times. Her research on Caribbean emancipations and black conceptions and practices of freedom has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Yale Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance, and the American Antiquarian Society.

Recent Publications

Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke, 2015)

“History Can and Should Help Us Understand the Present,” in Room For Debate, The New York Times online, 6 June 2016.

“The Hart Sisters of Antigua: Evangelical Activism and “Respectable” Public Politics in the Era of Black Atlantic Slavery,” Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, eds. Mia Bay, Farah Griffin, Martha Jones & Barbara Savage (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015), 53-72.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Antigua, Anglophone Caribbean
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Race, Slavery, Women