History of Slavery

The study of slavery necessarily implicates a series of other historical approaches: ethnicity and race, legal history, studies of gender, labor history, social history, economic history, material culture. By being about both economy and power, the study of slavery and its aftermaths must engage with some of the largest questions any historian can ask, and draw on some of the widest varieties of evidence possible. In the Corcoran Department, the study of slavery also extends far beyond the North American focus to be expected, and found, at Mr. Jefferson's University; its practitioners study systems of enslavement and manumission from antiquity to the present, from ancient Greece to modern Africa.

Graduate Student


Professor, Associate Chair, Co-Director, UVa Early American Seminar at Monticello, Co-Director, MapScholar/VisualEyes
431 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 and by appointment
Themes: Digital Humanities, Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Environmental History, History of Slavery, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration
Hill Edwards
Assistant Professor
352 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, and by appointment
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, History of Slavery
La Fleur
Associate Professor, General Faculty
Nau 238
Office Hours: scheduled with Collab's Sign-Up tool (most weeks Tuesdays, 15:30 – 17:15)
Themes: Environmental History, History of Slavery, Science, Medicine, & Technology
Assistant Professor, 2016-17 Co-Director, Mellon Humanities Laboratory "Global South: Concept & Practice," Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures
Nau 383
Office Hours: W 11-1
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Digital Humanities, Empire & Colonialism, Environmental History, Genocide & Violence, History of Slavery, Race & Ethnicity, Religious History, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration
Louis Nelson
Professor of Architectural History, Associate Dean in the School of Architecture
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Material Culture, Race & Ethnicity
Kirt von Daacke
Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of History
202 Monroe Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, History of Slavery, Race & Ethnicity