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(Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles)
I specialize in the history of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. My book is Prieto: Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018). I am an affiliate of CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS). My website, www.liberatedafricans.org, traces the lives of over 250,000 enslaved Africans involved in international efforts to abolish the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades after 1807. This project has partnered with MSU’s Linked Open Data hub, www.enslaved.org. In collaboration with the “Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis” (LISA), I am developing historical GIS methods with statistical models to determine when and where enslaved Africans originated within pre-colonial Africa; and when and where they went in diaspora. To support the relaunch and archiving of Slavery Images with a IIIF framework and 3D data, www.slaveryimages.org, I have partnered with Trimble Inc., UNESCO, and Brumfield labs. My research been receiving support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fulbright-Hays, The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and the University of Colorado Boulder.