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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
18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Colonialism, Gender, Material Culture, Race, Slavery