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Dr Laura Sandy PhD

Reader in the History of Slavery History


Personal Statement

Laura Sandy is a historian of slavery, North America and the Atlantic World and is, also, currently the University co-director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS). She She teaches undergraduate modules on colonial America, American slavery and Civil Rights and comparative slaveries. She joined the University of Liverpool in October 2015 having previously held full-time posts at Oxford Brookes University and Keele University. Laura’s ESRC funded PhD and Post-Doctoral award supported research on American slavery and led to the publication of works which review the lives of overseers (free and enslaved) and their wives on colonial slave plantations in Virginia and South Carolina. Her first book is entitled "The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise." She is also the editor of a collection of essays, "The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries.” Her work has involved archival research in every former slave state in the southern United States looking at slavery, plantation management, resistance, free people of colour, voluntary enslavement, the theft of enslaved people and the laws of slavery. Her most recent work investigates the illegal trafficking of the enslaved in North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Laura has advised on museum exhibitions and given talks on her research to historical societies, institutions, and schools in the UK, Europe, and the US.

Prizes or Honours

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Higher Education (Higher Education Academy, 2009)

Funded Fellowships

  • Leverhulme Post Doctorate Research Fellow (Leverhulme Trust, 2008)
  • ESRC Post Doctorate Award (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2007)
  • ESRC PhD Studentship (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2002)