Worlds in motion

Welcome to Worlds in Motion, the site of Vanessa Mongey (she/her). I’m a UK-based writer working on the history of revolutions and the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World. My research engages with histories of citizenship, race, and migration. 

My interest in worlds and people in motion led me to write my first book Rogue Revolutionaries: The Fight for Legitimacy in the Greater Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press), which revives the tumultuous lives of individuals who came together to export revolution and create their own states. 

I have created a digital companion to the book with the cast of characters, original sources, maps, and an archival research guide.  

Banner for the book Rogue Revolutionaries by Vanessa Mongey

Various resources are available for teachers, researchers, and students. Click on Research to learn more about my work and my digital projects around Atlantic world history, the Haitian Diaspora, and Black British history. These projects include Haitian Odysseys, a dynamic StoryMap illustrating the travels of a Haitian family in the 19th century, and Paths Across Waters, a collection of essays and images highlighting the contributions of West Indian and West African migrants to the North East of England.

I have extensive international teaching experience. A few syllabi and reading lists can be found on the Teaching page, including on the history of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Haitian Revolution, and the Black Atlantic.

Monument celebrating the final battle between Haitian independents and the French imperial army. This led to the independence of Haiti, a crucial moment in the history of revolutions in the Atlantic world. Icon for the site of Vanessa Mongey
“Unité” from the Monument des Héros de la Bataille de Vertières near Cap Haitien, Haiti

Feel free to learn more about me and get in touch via Bio & Contact. You can also find me on Twitter

My website and all its resources are also available in French and Spanish.

Thanks for stopping by.

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