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I am an independent researcher specializing in politics, race, and migration in the 19th century Atlantic World. I received my PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fort of Liberty, Providence, controlled by revolutionaries Louis-Michel Aury and Sévère Courtois 1819-1822, analyzed in Vanessa Mongey's Rogue Revolutionaries. Colombian flag on the fort
Fuerte de La Libertad en la isla Vieja Providencia,1822. AGN, Bogotá

Historical research

My articles on the Haitian Diaspora in the 19th century, mobile revolutionaries, and Belize during the Casta War in Mexico have appeared in various journals, including The Americas, Atlantic Studies, and Law and History Review. See Research to learn more my publications and  digital projects.

My book Rogue Revolutionaries: The Fight for Legitimacy in the Greater Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) revives a lost world of cosmopolitan radicalism. It traces the stories of European, Afro-Caribbean, and U.S. revolutionaries who tried to start revolutions and create their own independent states again and again. Their quest for recognition clashed against the growing power of nation states and a new international order. Additional resources (maps, historical documents, archive guide and more) on this page.

My work has been supported by the Eccles Centre at the British Library, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal Studies, the Mellon Foundation, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, John Carter Brown Library, and the Newberry Library.

I am a fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy and a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.

 

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Professional experiences

Terracotta figurine representing a Timoto-Cuica warrior, example of pre-Colombian works studied by the author
Timoto-Cuica figure, Venezuela, 1000-1500. Musée des Amériques, Auch

I have taught at Rhodes College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Newcastle University. My teaching portfolio includes the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Haitian Revolution, Atlantic World history, Caribbean studies, the Black Atlantic, the Age of Revolutions, and imperialism: reading lists, syllabi, & handbooks available on the Teaching page. I have been nominated for teaching awards, notably for mentoring. 

I also worked for museums and historical societies including the New-York Historical Society, the Musée des Amériques of Auch, and the Musée des Arts Africans, Océaniens et Amérindiens of Marseille, especially their Latin American art collections.

For those who are interested in #post-ac, #non-ac, and #alt-ac careers, I now develop academic and vocational qualifications and assessments. Please get in touch if you are considering this professional transition.

You also check my LinkedIn page, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.

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