James Dator

Assistant Professor of History

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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


Published and Accepted Manuscripts

2015 "Frank Travels: Space, Power and Slave Mobility in the British Leeward Islands, c. 1700-1730,"Slavery & Abolition 36, no. 2: 335-359. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2014.937640

Manuscripts in Progress

"Beyond a Boundary: Imperial Rivalry, Islander Indifference, and 'Negro' Struggle in the Leeward Caribbean, 1688-1748"

"Moral Economies and the Creation of the 1736 Antigua Conspiracy"

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

Other Publications

"Agricultural Work," "Seasonal Rhythms of Life," and "Cotton Plantations" in Slavery in America, ed. Orville Vernon Burton, (Detroit: Gale, 2007).

Public History Publications & Contributions

Charles H. Wright Underground Railroad On-Line Encyclopedia www.ugrronline.com. Senior Editor/Scholar-in-Residence/80+ Entries (2012)

"The Mountains of Detroit." artsofcitizenship.umich.edu (2011)

Fellowships, Awards, & Postdoctoral Study

CIC-Gilder Lehrman Seminar, Yale University (2016)

Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College (2015)

Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College (2014)

Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College (2014)

Faculty Summer Research Grant, Goucher College (2013)

Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College (2013)

Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College (2013)

Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College (2012)

Charles H. Wright Museum Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence (2012)

Huetwell Graduate Fellowship, University of Michigan (2008)

John D. Pierce Scholarship (2007)

University of Michigan Fellowship in History (2004)

Michigan Department of History Summer Research Fellowship (2004)

Michigan LS&A Regents Fellowship (2002-2003)

Scholarly Presentations & Engagement

"Slave Narratives" Nominated Fellow Gilder-Lehrman Institute. Yale University, New Haven, CT (2016 Summer)

"Enslaved Deserters in the Leeward Islands." Invited Participant. Research Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2016 Spring)

"Between the Mountains and the Sea." Runaways: Desertion and Mobility in Global Labor History, c. 1650-1850 Conference, IIHS & University of Pittsburgh Joint Conference, Amsterdam, NL (2015 Fall)

"Moral Economies & Sacred Memories: The Creation of the Antigua Conspiracy of 1736." Collegium for African American Research Conference, Liverpool Hope, UK (2015 Spring)

"A 'Pernicious Consequence': Imperial Rivalry, Islander Indifference, and'Negro' Struggle in the Leeward Islands, 1688-1748." Invited Participant. The World of Jenkins' Ear Conference & Workshop, Rutgers University (2015 Spring)

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

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

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

"Frank Travels: Race and Power in the British Leewards." Second Biennial Conference on Race. Monmouth University (2010 Fall)

"The Coming Storm: The Events of History and the St. John Revolt of 1733." American Historical Society Annual Meeting/CLAH (2009 Winter)

"'Court, alias Tackey': Black Identities, Golden Identifications." Atlantic History Workshop, University of Michigan (2009 Fall)

"At the Center of it All: Slave Resistance." Writing the Atlantic: A Joint UM-MSU Conference (2008 Fall)

"A 'Mistaken Notion?': Freedom Rumors and Baptism in 1730s Virginia." UM Atlantic History Workshop (2006 Spring)

Public Scholarship, Service, & Community Outreach

"Racism in America: A History in Three Acts." Invited Lecture. What is Race? Seminar Series Goucher College. https://youtu.be/QaqW0lDlDgo (2015 Fall), and more


Goucher College Department of History & Program in Africana Studies

US History, 1865 to Present (HIS 111)

Introduction to the African Diaspora (AFR 200)

Bad Spirits: The Atlantic Slave Trade in History and Memory (HIS 205)

Comparative African History (HIS 207)

African American History I: 1619-1877 (HIS 270)

African American History II: 1877-Present (HIS 273)

Comparative Slavery (HIS 289)

Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways (HIS 289)

Routes of Black Thought: Intellectual Currents of the African Diaspora (HIS 320 Seminar)

The Long Civil Rights Movement (HIS 320 Seminar)