MARK AUSLANDER is associate professor of anthropology and history at Michigan State University, where he is also director of the MSU Museum. He is the author of The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family (University of Georgia Press, 2011).
KABRIA BAUMGARTNER is assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Hampshire. She has held research fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Spencer Foundation, and her work has appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic and the Journal of Social History. Her forthcoming book, which is under contract with NYU Press, examines African American women’s education and social activism in pre–Civil War America.
SVEN BECKERT is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author most recently of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2015). He led the Harvard and Slavery Project and worked with a group of students to research the connections between Harvard and slavery. His essay in this volume is drawn from the report “Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History” (2011, http://www.harvardandslavery.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Harvard-Slavery-Book-111110.pdf).
ALFRED L. BROPHY, editor and essayist, holds the D. Paul Jones Chair in Law at the University of Alabama. His books include Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921—Race, Reparations, Reconciliation (Oxford University Press, 2002), Reparations Pro and Con (Oxford University Press, 2006), and University, Court and Slave: Proslavery Thought in the Southern Academy and Courts and the Coming of Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2016).
JAMES T. CAMPBELL, editor, is Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University. He is the author of Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787–2005 (Penguin, 2006). Campbell served as chair of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.
YWONE D. EDWARDS-INGRAM is an assistant professor in the Department of Focused Inquiry at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed an MA in anthropology and a PhD in American studies at the College of William and Mary, where she taught a variety of courses, mainly as an adjunct lecturer in anthropology. She worked in archaeology and public history at Colonial Williamsburg for more than two decades and is the author of The Art and Soul of African American Interpretation (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2016), as well as a number of articles in African American history, archaeology, and slavery.
A. JAMES FULLER is professor of history at the University of Indianapolis. Among his many publications are Chaplain to the Confederacy: Basil Manly and Baptist Life in the Old South (2000), The Election of 1860 Reconsidered (2012), and Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction (2017).
BALRAJ GILL is a graduate student in the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Her research is at the intersection of North American indigenous history and carceral studies. Her dissertation investigates why and how indigenous peoples in the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada are being incarcerated at staggering rates and how this relates to longer histories of indigenous confinement.
JAMES C. HALL is executive director of the School of Individualized Study at Rochester Institute of Technology. From 2002 to 2014 he was associate professor and director of New College at the University of Alabama. He is the author of Mercy, Mercy Me: African American Culture and the American Sixties (Oxford University Press, 2001).
LESLIE M. HARRIS, editor, is professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626–1863 (University of Chicago Press, 2003) and coeditor of Slavery in New York (with Ira Berlin; the New Press, 2005) and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (with Daina Ramey Berry; University of Georgia Press, 2014). From 2004 to 2011, while on faculty at Emory University, Harris cofounded the Transforming Community Project at Emory University, which used history and historical research to inform dialogue and action around racial and other forms of human diversity.
WILLIAM B. HART, an associate professor of history at Middlebury College, holds a PhD from the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. He has published a number of essays on the intersection of race, religion, and identity in seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century Indian Country. His essay on Martin Freeman and colonization is drawn from his current book project, “‘I Am a Man’: Martin Freeman and the Cant of Colonization.”
JIM HENLE holds a BA in history from the University of Michigan. A staff person at Harvard, he is a member of the Harvard and Slavery Project.
EVELYN BROOKS HIGGINBOTHAM is Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where she is chair of the Department of History (2018–19) and former chair of the Department of African and African American Studies (2006–13). She is also the national president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Higginbotham is the author of Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880–1920 (Harvard University Press, 1994); coeditor with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of the African American National Biography (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2014); and coauthor with the late John Hope Franklin of the classic African American history text From Slavery to Freedom (9th ed., McGraw Hill, 2010).
CRAIG B. HOLLANDER completed his doctoral degree at the Johns Hopkins University. From 2013 to 2015 he held the Behrman Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University and worked with Martha A. Sandweiss on the Princeton and Slavery Project. He is currently assistant professor of history at the College of New Jersey and is at work on a book manuscript entitled “Against a Sea of Troubles: Slave Trade Suppressionism during the Early Republic.”
PATRICK C. JAMIESON completed his undergraduate degree at Emory University and his law degree at Duke University, where he also received a master’s degree in history. His essay is drawn from his 2011 Emory honors thesis, “‘The Delicacy of the Subject’: Creating a Proslavery Argument at Antebellum Emory,” for which he earned highest honors. He is currently an associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in New York.
J. BRENT MORRIS is associate professor of history and humanities department chair at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. He completed his doctoral degree at Cornell University. His first book, Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. He is also the author of Yes Lord I Know the Road: A History of African Americans and South Carolina, 1526–2008 (University of South Carolina Press, 2017).
JENNIFER BRIDGES OAST is associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University. She is the author of Institutional Slavery: Slaveholding Churches, Schools, Colleges and Businesses in Virginia, 1680–1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
MARTHA A. SANDWEISS is professor of history at Princeton University. She is the author most recently of Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (Yale University Press, 2002) and Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line (Penguin Press, 2009). She founded and directed the Princeton and Slavery Project, a research effort begun in 2013 that had its public launch in 2017.
DIANE WINDHAM SHAW directs the Special Collections & College Archives at Skill-man Library, Lafayette College. In 2016 she was cocurator of an exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York City on the marquis de Lafayette and the antislavery movement; she was also coeditor and essayist for the accompanying catalog, “A True Friend of the Cause”: Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement. In 2012 the French Ministry of Culture and Communication named her a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
RUTH J. SIMMONS was the eighteenth president of Brown University, from 2001 to 2012. She also served as president of Smith College from 1995 to 2001. In 2003 she established the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, which for many exemplified the possibilities for the investigation of slavery at institutions of higher education. She currently serves as president of Prairie View A&M University.
ELLEN GRIFFITH SPEARS is associate professor in New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which won the Southern Historical Association’s Francis B. Simkins Award and the Arthur J. Viseltear Award from the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association. She coordinates the university-community partnership with the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.
KATHERINE MAY STEVENS earned her PhD from the American Studies Program at Harvard University in 2014. She coordinated the Harvard and Slavery Research Project with Sven Beckert and was coauthor of “Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History.” She is currently an assistant professor of history at Oglethorpe University. She studies the history of Native, settler, and enslaved people in the southern United States.
CRAIG STEVEN WILDER is Barton L. Weller Professor of History at MIT. He is the author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (Columbia University Press, 2000), In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City (NYU Press, 2001), and Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013).
R. OWEN WILLIAMS is president of the Associated Colleges of the South. From 2010 to 2014 Williams served as president of Transylvania University. Williams earned his doctoral degree in history and a master’s degree in law from Yale University after working for over twenty years as an investment banker. While at Yale, he led a group that called for a fuller accounting of the university’s ties to slavery.