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Dr Laura Sandy PhD

Senior Lecturer in the History of Slavery History


Personal Statement

I am historian of slavery, North America, and the Atlantic World. I joined the University of Liverpool in October 2015 having previously held full-time posts at Oxford Brookes University and Keele University. Prior to that I completed my ESRC funded PhD and ESRC funded Post Doctorate fellowship at the University of Manchester. My thesis was a comparative study of overseers on colonial slave plantations in Virginia and South Carolina. After my ESRC Post Doctorate award, I spent a year in America as a Leverhulme funded research fellow for Professor Emily West (University of Reading) working on voluntary enslavement in the American South. I have been fortunate enough to carry out archival research in every former slave state in the United States as well as in relevant repositories throughout the rest of the US and in the UK. I have a long standing commitment to public engagement and have advised on museum exhibitions and given talks on my research to historical societies in the UK 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)