For details about our management board, constitution and international advisory board, please see governance.
You can learn more about some of the current areas of our research. Faculty Fellows of the Centre welcome communication from prospective PhD students in their areas of interest, and we have a strong record of supervising interdisciplinary projects in this area.
Fellows of CSIS (alphabetical)
Wendy Asquith (University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool)
Wendy is a PhD student in the department of History at the University of Liverpool and she holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award to work with Tate Liverpool on the project 'Haiti in Art: Creating and Curating in the Black Atlantic'. Her research focuses on the exhibition of Haitian art from the late-nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on representation of postcolonial identities in a global context. She is also the editor of a high-impact interactive website, the Black Atlantic Resource, which promotes the study of black Atlantic cultures.
Dr Alex Balch (University of Liverpool)
Alex is current University co-director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery. He is a specialist on the politics of modern slavery and teaches about state and non-state responses to human trafficking and forced labour as part of the MA in International Slavery Studies. He has conducted a number of research projects investigating the UK policy framework, with a particular interest in gaps and weaknesses in regulation and enforcement, and the role of business and supply chains. He has gained funding for his work from the European Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Economic and Social Research Council. Alex is co-convenor of the Forced Labour Monitoring Group (FLMG) a network which brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to assess and discuss issues around forced labour.
Dr Richard Benjamin (National Museums Liverpool), Co-Director, CSIS
Richard heads the International Slavery Museum at National Museums Liverpool. He is responsible for the strategic development of the Museum, including its forthcoming state-of-the-art education and resource centre, partnership work and research. He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Community and Race Relations at Edge Hill College and then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. In 2002, Richard was a Visiting Research scholar at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of African and African American Research, Harvard University, and was appointed as the Head of the International Slavery Museum in 2006. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University in 2012.
Dr Dmitri van den Bersselaar (University of Liverpool)
Dmitri is Head of the department of History, where he is a Reader in African History. In addition to his research on Nigerian social history, he has investigated the links between European slave trading and knowledge production, empire and racism. A founder of CSIS in 2006, he has published on museums and public presentations of Liverpool’s links to slavery and West African trade, partly through his longstanding collaborations with National Museums Liverpool’s World Museum and International Slavery Museum. Dmitri welcomes discussion with prospective PhD students on the basis of a short project proposal.
Dr Marios Costambeys (University of Liverpool)
Marios is an historian of early mediveal Europe and a Senior Lecturer in the department of History. In addition to his work on the city of Rome in the Carolingian period, he is interested in the documentation in the early middle ages of social conflict and social structures, including the categories – contested then as now – of free and unfree. He was director of the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003-09.
Dr Ray Costello (Independent Researcher), CSIS Management Board
Dr. Ray Costello is a former Adviser for Racial Equality as part of the Liverpool Education Authority Inspection. He was a historical consultant for the International Slavery Museum and an Associate of Merseyside Maritime Museum. Ray is the author of a number of publications, the latest being Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012), charting the history of seamen of African descent within the broader socio-economic and historical context of the slave trade and the impact of Britain’s wars. His next book will be The Black Man’s War: Soldiers of Africa descent in the First World War. He has been involved with many radio and television programmes about the history of British black people and appeared on Channel 4 Television's 'Time Team' programme The Lost Dock. Ray’s life-long aim has been to encourage further research into the ancestors of Black British people, adopting a prosopographical approach to give a human face to a previously under-researched group.
Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), CSIS Management Board
The University of Liverpool’s co-director of CSIS 2010-12, Charles Forsdick is the James Barrow Professor of French and a specialist on French colonial history and the Francophone Caribbean. He has published widely on cultural representations of the Haitian Revolution, and is currently completing a study of Toussaint Louverture. He also has a research interest in the commemoration and memorialization of slavery in both France and the UK.
Dr Kate Hodgson (University of Liverpool)
Kate Hodgson is a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool. Her current research project is entitled 'Haiti and the International Politics of Anti-Slavery' (2012-15), and her research focuses on the intersections between slavery, abolition, colonialism and post-colonialism in the francophone world, particularly Haiti.
Dr Richard Huzzey (University of Liverpool), Co-Director, CSIS
A lecturer in the University of Liverpool's History department, Richard Huzzey is also Director of the MA in International Slavery Studies. He is the author of Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2012) and a number of scholarly articles on abolitionism. After doctoral research at St. Anne's and St. Catherine's colleges, University of Oxford, be took up a post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale. He was a lecturer at the University of Plymouth before moving to Liverpool in 2012, where he is currently research anti-slavery campaigns and political pressure, c. 1776-1838.
Dr Stephen Kenny (University of Liverpool)
Dr. Kenny is a Lecturer in 19th- and 20th-century North American History. He has published a number of essays on the history of health care under American Slavery in the Journal of Medical Biography, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Social History of Medicine, and most recently an essay on the use of slaves as medical specimens in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Jim Crow and to volume 22 ‘Science and Medicine’ of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and is currently completing a monograph on the use of the slave body in medical education and research in the American South. Dr Kenny’s teaching interests include the social and cultural history of medicine in the United States; the history and culture of the American South; African-American history and culture; the Civil War and Reconstruction; American Slavery.
Dawn Littler (National Museums Liverpool), CSIS Management Board
Dawn Littler has worked at the Merseyside Maritime Museum since 1992, serving as Head of Archives since 2000. She has a degree in history from University of Chester and post-graduate diploma in archives administration from University College of North Wales, Bangor. Dawn is a Council member of Liverpool Nautical Research Society and the chair of the Merseyside Archives Liaison Group. She has catalogued many archives collections over the years, most notably the Earle Collection relating to the slave trading activities of William and Thomas Earle, of the Liverpool based merchant family, and the archives of William Davenport, one of Liverpool's leading slave trading merchants, a collection which Dawn helped acquire with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund grant. She is currently working on a revision of the catalogue of the archives of Fraser,Trenholm & Co, cotton merchants and Confederate bankers.
(University of Liverpool)
Andrea is in the final year of a PhD project that focuses on slavery in the lower US South in the nineteenth century. Her research is based on a quantitative analysis of sexual abuse and exploitation in first-person narratives and interviews with those formerly enslaved in Louisiana and Texas, with a particular focus on New Orleans. She has taught at the University of Liverpool on ‘The Atlantic World Since 1400’, ‘Slavery in Nineteenth-Century America’, and modules connected to the MA in International Slavery Studies. She is also the founding chair of the Regional Centre for American Studies.
Dr Lucienne Loh (University of Liverpool)
A lecturer in the department of English, Lucienne Loh is currently working on a book project which links some of the earliest Black British writing on slavery by late eighteenth-century writers to contemporary literary representations of slavery by writers such as David Dabydeen, Caryl Phillips and Andrea Levy. This project is partially funded by a small research grant from the British Academy and she would be interested in further collaborative research projects which might develop from her current work.
Dr Claire Moxham (University of Liverpool Management School)
Claire’s research focuses on social sustainability in the context of supply chain management. She is interested in the structures and practices of supply chains that claim to be socially sustainable. Current work focuses on fair trade supply chains, particularly in understanding the proliferation of certification schemes that are in operation and the impact that these have on working practices and the appropriation of revenue across the supply chain. Claire is a Senior Lecturer in the Management School, founding Chair of the British Academy of Management’s Special Interest Group on Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and an elected board member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).
Glynn Rankin (University of Liverpool)
Glynn is a Fellow of CSIS and a PhD student at the University of Liverpool, following a distinguished career as a barrister and former Chief Crown Prosecutor in England and Wales. He holds LLB and MBA qualifications. Glynn recently completed a Police Training Manual on Human Trafficking for the OSCE. He manages and coordinates the Trafficking in Persons Platform (TIPP), a global anti-trafficking forum for prosecutors, for the International Association of Prosecutors. He also provides human trafficking training and development and expert facilitation nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.
Prof. Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire), CSIS Management Board
Alan Rice is Professor in English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. He has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic for the past two decades, including publishing Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003). Alan was academic advisor to the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster, was editor in chief of Manchester’s Revealing Histories website and a co-curator of the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester’s 2007-8 exhibition 'Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery'. His latest monograph is Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010) and his latest edited collection is a special issue of Atlantic Studies on the “Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage” edited with Johanna Kardux (2012). He is also continuing the work on black abolitionists in Britain started in his co-edited Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform (Georgia, 1999) with a new collection in Slavery and Abolition (2012) with Fionnghuala Sweeney.
Professor Eve Rosenhaft (University of Liverpool), CSIS Management Board
Eve Rosenhaft has undertaken research in Black German studies and the history of international campaigns against colonialism and racial injustice. Her publications in this field include an article, ‘Mother Ada Wright and the International Campaign to Free the Scottsboro Boys’, in the American Historical Review 2001, and Black Germany: The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community 1884-1960 (Cambridge 2013). She is currently engaged in a study of investment practices in eighteenth-century Germany; since the majority of the joint-stock enterprises available for investment in Continental Europe were transatlantic trading companies, this study involves consideration of the moral and economic implications of 'secondary' involvement with the slave trade. She is a member of a European network on slaveholding that arose out of the Economic and Research Council (ESRC) Legacies of British Slaveownership project.
Jack Webb (University of Liverpool)
Jack is a PhD student in the department of History, researching representations of Haiti in British culture throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Looking at contemporary literature, newspaper reports, parliamentary debates, and events such as the recent 2007 Commemoration for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, he argues that Haiti has had an enduring and complicated legacy in British representations, ranging from silence to horror.
2013-14 Visiting Fellows of CSIS (alphabetical)
Dr. Felix Brahm (Universität Bielefeld)
Felix Brahm is assistant professor of history at the University of Bielefeld. His research and teaching interests include global history, European-African relations, slavery and abolition, and the history of humanities and science. He received his Ph.D. in history from Humboldt University Berlin in 2009. His first book, Wissenschaft und Dekolonisation (2010), examined the history of African studies in the era of decolonization, putting special emphasis on the question how academic formation and paradigm shifts were shaped by local and transnational factors. His current research project tackles the immense European–East African arms trade in the late 19th century, trying to understand this phenomenon as part of the history of globalization and the history of the slave trade, studying modalities of cultural contact, the (dis-)entanglement of places and regions, and the intersections between colonialism and humanitarianism.
Dr. Raphael Hoermann (University of Central Lancashire)
Raphael Hoermann is currently Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow at the School of Languages, Literature and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. His research project is entitled: “’A Very Hell of Horrors’: The Politics of Horror and Terror in Transatlantic Gothic Narratives of the Haitian Revolution, 1791-2011.” It investigates how a large number of texts and visual representations of the Haitian Revolution tend to narrate the events in the Gothic mode. It will scrutinise the opposing politics that inform it. His project will contribute not merely to the study of transatlantic slavery and abolition but also to the field of radical Black Atlantic studies. Here it will focus on the writings of some of its key protagonists, among them Robert Wedderburn, Frederick Douglass and C.L.R. James.
Dr. Yvonne Reddick (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr. Reddick is a Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures at the University of Central Lancashire. After completing her BA at Cambridge and her PhD on environmental poetry at Warwick, she held an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Study. Her current project re-interprets Africa’s rivers as sites of environmental conflict. Her work focuses on how rivers such as the Congo and Niger were initially used to facilitate the exploitation of both African populations and their environments, then as loci for stamping out the illegal slave trade after abolition, and later as disputed territories in struggles over resources such as diamonds and oil. With Prof. Rice and Dr. Hoermann, she is part of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research at UCLAN.
Anne Rudeman (Yale University)
Anne Ruderman is a graduate student in history at Yale University and was recently a Visiting Faculty at Sciences Po in Paris. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton in 2001. Prior to graduate school she worked as a staff reporter at the International Herald Tribune's Italy Daily in Milan.