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University of Notre Dame
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slavery, race, colonial America
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About Me

I am Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, based in the U.S. and the U.K.  A native of Mauritius, I specialize in the history of colonial America, and I focus on race, slavery & gender. I have worked on French colonialism and I also have research interests in material and visual culture and Atlantic/global research perspectives.

My most recent book, Voices of the Enslaved, has won 7 book prizes, including the 2020 American Historical Association James A. Rawley prize in Atlantic History and the 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the most outstanding book on slavery.

I am the author of 2 books, 2 edited volumes, and 15 articles and essays, as well as a number of public history contributions and podcasts.

Recent Publications
Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (UNC Press, Omohundro Institute, 2019)
  • 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for best book on slavery, resistance, or abolition
  • 2020 American Historical Association James A. Rawley Book Prize in Atlantic History
  • Co-Winner, 2020 ASWAD Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Prize for Outstanding Book on Gender & Sexuality in the African Diaspora
  • 2020 Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize in French Colonial History
  • 2019 Kemper and Leila Williams Book Prize in Louisiana History
  • Co-Winner, 2020 Summerlee Book Prize in Gulf Coast History
  • Honorable Mention, 2020 Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Social History Book Award
  • Finalist, 2020 ASWAD Sterling Stuckey Book Prize on the African Diaspora
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Kenshur Prize for Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies
Hearing Enslaved Voices: African and Indian Slave Testimony in British and French America, 1700-1848, Sophie White and Trevor Burnard, eds. (Routledge 2020)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, France, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 6
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Colonialism, Gender, Material Culture, Race, Slavery