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Scholarly Interest Report
James Sidbury
Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Professor of History
  • Ph.D. History (1991) Johns Hopkins Univesity, Baltimore, Md.
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Research Areas
 Early America and Atlantic History
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

James Sidbury and Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra “Mapping Ethnogenesis in the Atlantic World,”

William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 68 (April 2011), 181-208.


James Sidbury and Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, "On the Genesis of Destruction, and Other Missing Subjects," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 68 (April 2011), 240-46.


James Sidbury "Sugar and Freedom: Two Caribbean Family Stories." Reviews in American History, 42: 670-77.


“If We Think Globally, Should We Write Local, National, or Imperial History?”  New West-Indian Guide, 87 (2013), 95-101. (This is a review essay that was commissioned by the journal, so somewhere between a book review and full-blown journal article.)


“Slave Rebellions,” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Atlantic History,


 Editor of books

The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade, ed. with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra and Matt Childs.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

 Book chapters

James Sidbury "Race." Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (2015) : 287-89.


James Sidbury "’African’ Settlers in the Founding of Freetown." Slavery, Abolition and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone (2015)

 Book reviews

James Sidbury "Featured review of Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832." American Historical Review, 119: 1211-1213.


James Sidbury "Review of Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (New York: W. W. Norton, 2013) ." American Historical Review, 119 (2014) : 1211-1213.


James Sidbury "Review of James Epstein, Scandal of Colonial Rule: Power and Subversion in the British Atlantic during the Age of Revolution (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP,2012) ." Journal of Modern History, 86 (2014) : 902-04.


James Sidbury "Review of Nathaniel Millett, The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013).." Hispanic American Historical Review, 94 (2014) : 540-42.


Review of John D. Garrigus and Christopher Morris, eds., The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic World (College Station: Texas A & M Press, 2010), The Americas 69 (2013), 532-33.


Review of John Craig Hammond and Matthew Mason, eds., Contesting Slavery: The

Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (Charlottesville:

University of Virginia Press, 2011), American Historical Review 117 (2012),



James Sidbury ""Race and Identity in the Era of the American Revolution, c. 1690-1815"." Introductory essay to a unit in Adam Mathew, Colonial America digital collection of sources from the Colonial Office Series 5, U.K. National Archives

 Invited Talks

""The Abolitionists," a conversation between James Sidbury and Brian Jordan at the Jung Center at request of the Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, Tx.." (1/22/2016)


"Comment on “Microhistories of the Illegal Slave Trade and the Old South,” AHA Annual Meeting, New York City, Jan. 3, 2015." (Jan. 3, 2015)

Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, Colonial America digital collection of sources from Colonial Office Series 5, U.K. National Archives . Adam Mathew. (2015 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Whitney Stewart, PhD The Politics of Black Womanhood in the Nineteenth Century. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

 John Garrison Marks, PhD Free People of Color in the Atlantic World: Charleston, S.C. and Cartagena, Columbia. (2017) (Thesis Director)

 Rachael Pasierowska, PhD Animal and Slave Interactions in Atlantic World Slavery. (2018) (Thesis Director)

 David Andrew Johnson, PhD Africans and Native Americans in the Making of a South Carolina Slave Society, 1650-1752. (2018) (Thesis Director)

 William Skidmore, PhD Informed Activism: The Rise of the Global Anti-Slavery Movement, 1840-1890. (2018) (Thesis Co-Director)