James Dator

Assistant Professor of History & Program Advisor, Africana Studies

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Ph.D., University of Michigan, History, 2011
M.A., University of Michigan, History, 2006
B.A., University of Michigan, Afroamerican & African Studies/Economics, 2001

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Early-Modern Caribbean, Comparative Slavery & Slave Resistance, African Diaspora

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances



2014 “Frank Travels: Space, Power, and Slave Mobility in the British Leeward Islands, c. 1700-1730,”Slavery & Abolition, (Available  Online 7/21/14; Print Forthcoming). DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2014.937640

  Manuscripts in Progress

“Moral Economies, Black Nativism, and the Creation of the 1736 Antigua Conspiracy”

Search for a New Land: Race, Power, and the “Black Awakening” in the Leeward Caribbean, 1688-1748 (Book) 

  Public History Publications & Contributions

2012 Charles H. Wright Underground Railroad On-Line Encyclopedia, www.ugrronline.com, Senior Editor

2011 “The Mountains of Detroit,” artsofcitizenship.umich.edu, Guest Contributor

  Other Publications

2007 “Agricultural Work,” “Seasonal Rhythms of Life,” and “Cotton Plantations” in Slavery in America, edited by Orville Vernon Burton.


2013 "The Antigua Conspiracy of 1736 and the Moral Economy of the Gods," Sugar & Beyond Conference, Brown University

2013 "Frank Travels: Afro-Cosmopolitanism in the British Leewards," Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians, San Ignacio, Belize

2012 "Empire, Boundaries, and the Underground Railroad in Michigan," Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

2010 "Frank Travels: Race and Power in the British Leewards," Second Biennial Conference on Race, Monmouth University

2009 "The Coming Storm: The Events of History and the St. John Revolt of 1733," AHA/CLAH Annual Meeting, New York


2014-Present Co-Creator, Goucher Theme Semester 2015: Civil Rights

2013/14 Faculty Co-Chair, Diversity Standing Committee, Goucher College

2013/14 Judicial Review Board, Goucher College 

2013 Discussant, "Inclusion: What does it mean?," Goucher Equal Opportunity Program

2013 Guest Lecture, Jessup Correctional Institution, Goucher Prison Education Program

2013 Discussant, Race & White Privilege, Goucher College

2013 Discussant, Django Unchained, Johns Hopkins University

2013 Moderator, "A Time and Place: Race in a Comparative Perspective," Johns Hopkins University (Graduate Student Symposium)

2012 Discussant, "MLK Memorial Retreat: Addressing Race & Privilege," Goucher Equal Opportunity Program

2012 Commentator, "Disfranchisement in 2012," Umoja: The Goucher Black Student Union

2011/12 Race: Are We So Different? A UM Natural History Museum Project, University of Michigan Understanding Race Project

Funded Research

Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI, 2012

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