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Laura Rosanne AdderleySecretary
Associate Professor of History
Director of African and African Diaspora Studies
Tulane University


LAURA ROSANNE ADDERLEY is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she has worked almost continuously since 1996. She works primarily as a comparative slavery historian focusing particularly on the 19th century, and the era of slave trade abolition and emancipation. Although the bulk of her research has concerned British slave trade suppression and the Africans affected by it, because of the nature of the 19th-century Atlantic slave trade, her research work has always had significant transnational components across multiple colonial and geographic boundaries, including most significantly interaction between the British and Spanish colonized Caribbean and North America.

Between 2007 and 2008 she taught briefly in the Program in African-American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has also taught summer classes at the historically African-American and Roman Catholic Xavier University. From 2013 to 2016 she will serve as the director of the Program in African & African Diaspora Studies at Tulane. She serves as the Tulane History Department member on the Board of the Amistad Research Center. Additionally, she has a range of community interests relevant to ASWAD’s mission, including work with an anti-racism organizing collective in New Orleans, human rights education with Amnesty International, and work for the Episcopal Church on the legacy of African-American Episcopal saint, Frances Gaudet.


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