2016-17 Co-Director, Mellon Humanities Laboratory "Global South: Concept & Practice," Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures
Office Hours: W 11-1
Field & Specialties
Ph.D, Duke University, 2015
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
B.A. Honours, McGill University, 2007
Diplôme d’Études Françaises (2é), Université Montpellier III: Paul Valéry, 2006
"Documentary Sources and Methods for Precolonial African History." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Histories: Methods, Sources, and Historiographies, ed. Spear, Thomas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2019), available online at: http://oxfordre.com/africanhistory/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277734-e-15
I am a scholar of west central Africa and the Caribbean as well as a committed digital humanist. In my current book project, entitled Vodou History: the Kongo History of the Haitian Revolution (committed to the OIEAHC/UNC Press), I investigate the trans-Atlantic history of the Kongo men, women, and children who endured slavery in Saint Domingue, helped win the most successful slave revolution in history – the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) – and founded the first black republic, Haiti. The research for my first manuscript has generated my next book project which will be a history of West Kikongo speakers of Loango -- present-day Angolan Cabinda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Republic of Congo – from early Bantu settlement until the present day.
I am co-principal investigator with Dr. Sally Pusede (Environmental Science) on a collaborative, interdisciplinary that uses digital humanities and data science tools to to investigate the impact of historical policies, institutions, and structures on present-day social and environmental problems in Africa. We seek to develop a new digital humanities technique to integrate historical sources with present-day scientific measurements to produce new knowledge about the historical drivers of one of the greatest public health problems facing Africa’s urban dwellers: air pollution. We are using in Dakar, Senegal as a case study to explore the impact of colonialism, tracing the way colonial policies of urban planning and segregation contribute to present-day air pollution.
I am also a committed digital humanist with experience participating in and administering digital humanities projects. In 2016-2017, I was a founding co-director of the Mellon Humanities Lab "Global South: Concept & Practice," where I directed multidisciplinary collaborative projects and taught digital humanities courses in seminars with graduate and undergraduate students. I co-organized two major international conferences, Global South: A Colloquium in November 2016 and Enduring Questions/New Methods in Haitian Studies in April 2018. As graduate research assistant at the Duke Haiti Lab, I was research assistant for the collaborative art project with Edouard Duval Carrié entitled Haiti: History Embedded in Amber and the Haiti Digital Library, which continues to be an important source of historical evidence for Haitian and non-Haitian scholars. I was also a participant on Laurent Dubois and Ben Hebblethwaite successful NEH grant application for the Vodou Archive.
Awards & Honors
Sustainability Research Grant, “High-resolution observations of urban metabolism: Charlottesville to Dakar, Senegal,” UVa Committee on Sustainability, 2018-19
Mellow Humanities Fellowship, UVa Institute for Global Cultures in the Humanities, 2017-18
Learning Technology Incubator Grant, “Developing Effective Geo-Spatial Digital Pedagogy,” UVa Arts & Sciences Learning Design & Technology, 2017-18
Faculty Summer Stipend for Research in the Humanities, UVa College of Arts & Sciences, 2017
Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates, “Investigating the Spread of Global Christianity,” UVa Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, 2016-17
Teaching Award, 26th Annual Monticello Dinner, UVa Seven Society, 2016
I.M.P. Society, Recognition for IMPact on the UVa University Community, 2016
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-16 (Declined)
SSRC IDRF, 2012-2013
Fulbright Fellowship, 2012-2013
James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship, 2012-2013
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Haitian Kreyol, 2010-2011
Professor Mobley teaches surveys on African history and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a wide range of seminars on the history of the Atlantic World, Africa, Haiti, Global Soccer, and historical methodology and the Digital Humanities.