"History is not the study of dates. History is, in its most distilled form, the study of change over time. It reveals as much about why people think how they do today as it does about how people thought yesterday."
James Dator is Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his doctorate, with a specialization in Caribbean and Colonial U.S. history, in 2011 at the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at Goucher, he served as a research fellow in the Public Humanities at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan. His work has appeared in leading journals such as Slavery & Abolition and is dedicated to recovering the lives and aspirations of laboring people, especially enslaved people, during the boom age of plantation slavery. He is currently completing a manuscript titled, “Fear of a Black Archipelago: Mobility, Liberty, and Rebellion in the Leeward Caribbean, 1689-1748,” which traces the causes and consequences of widespread slave revolt in Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, and Saint Kitts through English and French sources. In and out of the classroom, Dator works with his students to become racially-literate critical thinkers, self-empowered citizens, and confident communicators.