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Prof. Dr. Damian Alan Pargas

Member of the International Advisory Board

Damian Pargas

Leiden University
Faculty of Humanities
Institute for History
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Phone: +31/ (0)71 / 527-2736
d.a.pargas[at]hum.leidenuniv.nl

 

Current position

Professor of American History
Executive Director, Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (Middelburg)
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Slavery

Research

Damian Alan Pargas is a professor of American history at Leiden University and executive director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg. Specialized in African-American slavery, he is the author of numerous articles and two critically acclaimed monographs: The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South (University Press of Florida, 2010); and Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press, 2014). At present he is working on a third book (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press) about slave refugees in North America between 1775 and 1860. This study is based on his NWO Vidi project (2015-2020) titled “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860”.  A fourth book on North American slavery, an edited volume titled Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America was published with University Press of Florida in the autumn of 2018.

Damian is also interested in global and comparative perspectives on slavery and unfree labor. He recently co-edited (with Felicia Roşu) a 4-volume anthology of slavery studies, titled Critical Readings on Global Slavery (Leiden: Brill, 2018), as well as an edited volume (with Jeff Fynn-Paul) titled Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery (Leiden: Brill, 2018). He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Slavery, as well as a co-founder of the Leiden Slavery Studies Association.

Education

  • 2005–2009        Ph.D. cum laude in History, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 2000–2004        M.A. (doctoraal) cum laude in History (specialization Social History), Leiden University, The Netherlands

Academic Positions

  • 2017–present    Professor of History, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 2013– 2017       Assistant Professor of History, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 2009–2013        Assistant Professor of History and North American Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2005–2009        Doctoral researcher and lecturer (AIO), Leiden University, The Netherlands

Additional Academic Activities

  • Founder and co-editor of the book series “Studies in Global Slavery” (Brill)
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Slavery (Brill)
  • Co-founder of the Leiden Slavery Studies Association
  • Board Member of the Netherlands American Studies Association

Third-Party Funding

  • 2015–2020        VIDI research grant, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): €800.000 euros. Project title:
                              “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860”
  • 2011–2013        VENI research grant, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): €200.000. Project title:
                              “Newcomers in Chains: Slave Migrants in the Antebellum South”

Selected Publications

  • The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010).
  • Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America  (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018).
  • (with Felicia Roşu) Critical Readings in Global Slavery, 4 vols. (Boston and Leiden: Brill 2018).
  • (with Jeff Fynn-Paul) Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2018).
  • “From the Cradle to the Fields: Slave Childcare and Childhood in the Antebellum South,” Slavery & Abolition vol. 32, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 477-493.
  • “The Gathering Storm: Slave Responses to the Threat of Interregional Migration in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Early American History vol. 2, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 286-315.
  • “In the Fields of a ‘Strange Land’: Enslaved Newcomers and the Adjustment to Cotton Cultivation in the Antebellum South,” Slavery & Abolition vol. 34, no. 4 (Dec. 2013): 564-80.
  • “Slave Crucibles: Interstate Migrants and Social Assimilation in the Antebellum South,” Slavery & Abolition vol. 36, no. 1 (March 2015): 26-39.
  • “Urban Refugees: Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Informal Freedom in the American South, 1800-1860,” Journal of Early American History 7, no. 3 (Dec. 2017): 262-284.
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