Slave Biographies

Project Team

Principal Investigators

Walter Hawthorne, Professor of History and Chair of the MSU Department of History. Hawthorne has considerable experience with quantitative analysis of data about slavery from primary sources in Brazil.

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Adjunct Professor in the MSU Department of History. Hall brings a wealth of experience with not only compiling her large-scale database but also with the project's varied audiences, including historians, linguists, anthropologists, creolists and genealogists interested in discovering African Americans' roots in the African continent.

Ethan Watrall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool at Michigan State University. Ethan’s primary interests lie in the domain of digital cultural heritage and digital archaeology, with particular focus on serious games & meaningful play, mobile & geospatial (mostly within the context of public outreach and engagement), and linked open archaeological data.

Contributing Researcher

Brian Mitchell, Professor in the History Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is currently working on several digital projects which pertain to free blacks in the Antebellum South and commemoration of the 1919 Elaine Riot.

Advisory Board

Manuel Barcia, Manuel Barcia, Associate Professor of Latin American History and Deputy Director at the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Leeds.

Maria del Carmen Barcia Zequeira, professor of history at the University of Havana

O. Vernon Burton, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, a Professor of History and Computer Science at Clemson University, and the Director of the Clemson University CyberInstitute, and Founding Director/Advisor at the Institute for Computing inHumanities, Arts, and Social Science (ICHASS) at University of Illinois, Champaign.

Douglas B. Chambers, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi

Matt D. Childs, Director of the History Center at the University of South Carolina

Gabino La Rosa Corzo, Professor Honoris Causa, University of Havana

Edda L. Fields-Black, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University

Manolo Florentino, Faculty Member in the Department of History at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Member of the TSTD2 Steering Committee.

Linda Heywood, Professor of African History and African-American Studies at Boston University, Winner of the Herskovits prize of the African Studies Association 2008.

Mark Kornbluh, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, University of Kentucky, Founder of H-Net, First Director of the Matrix digital humanities center at Michigan State University.

Paul F. LaChance, Invited Professor of History, University of Ottawa, Member of TSTD2 Development Team, Data Specialist and Editorial Board Member for the Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave.

Paul Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, Director of Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, and Head of UNESCO Slave Trade Archives Project.

Kristin Mann, Professor in the Department of History at Emory University

Steven Mintz, Director of Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center

Assan Sarr, Assistant Professor of History and African Studies at Ohio University

Ibrahima Seck, Assistant Professor of History, Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.

Development Team

Catherine Foley, Project Manager
Lindsey Gish, Research Assistant
Caitlin Holman, Research Assistant
Daniel Jaquint, Designer
Ramata Koumare, Programmer
Paul LaChance, Visiting Professor
Madalyn Parker, Programmer
Joseph Deming, Programmer