The Tougaloo Consortium / Historians Against Slavery 

Tougaloo College, a leading Historically Black College, is partnering with Historians Against Slavery (HAS) to create a web-based International Antislavery Consulting Service. A major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant underwrites this initiative, and a $20,000 stipend to HAS supports our participation.

Our aim is to make available to students, researchers, teachers and activists the full range of knowledge, talent, vision and commitment represented in Historians Against Slavery’s network of supporters. The Service is an open source platform, available to the general public.


Roshunda Harris-Allen-  Tougaloo College Assistant Professor of Education

I am an advocate for children and young adults who are currently enrolled in a preK-16 academic setting. My beliefs are restorative justice practices and a literacy-rich environment are necessary for students to obtain the skills that encourage affective, cognitive, and physical growth. 

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Internship Sponsor, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc).

Email: rharris@tougaloo.edu


Robert Wright- Augustana University Nef Family Chair of Political Economy

I am a business, economic, financial, and policy historian, primarily of the United States, but I have also done intra- and international comparative work, especially regarding the economics of slavery, past, present, and projected future. I have developed models of firm's choice of labor type and the macroeconomic effects of slavery. http://faculty.augie.edu/~rwright/WrightCV.pdf @robertewright

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Corporate Consulting

Email: robert.wright@augie.edu


Anna Mae Duane- University of Connecticut Associate Professor, English

I specialize in American Studies before 1865. Much of my work focuses on how stories we tell about race and childhood often reinforce each other in ways that victimize people of color. I've written for public and academic audiences tracing the legacies of chattel slavery and racism in the twenty-first century. I'm particularly interested in advocating for child rights and youth activism. @annamaeduane

Roles I am interested in:  Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: amduane1@gmail.com


Michael Landis- Tarleton State University Assistant Professor of History

I am a scholar of United States history with a focus on the intersection of slavery and politics in the 19th century. My publications bridge state and national politics, and investigate the role of slavery in partisanship and political organization. I have experience with both academia and public history. @DrMichaelLandis

Roles I am interested in: Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: mlandis141@gmail.com


Stephen Rozman- Tougaloo College Professor of Political Science

I am co-director of the Tougaloo College Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery and a Tougaloo College grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that has funded curriculum development, research,  and community outreach related to contemporary slavery.  I have promoted the study of modern day slavery through grant writing and administration, partnership development with other academic institutions, and international outreach.

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Faculty Research Collaborator, International Outreach

Email: srozman@aol.com


James Brewer Stewart- Macalester College James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus

I know most about American abolitionist movements (1776-1900), their struggles against white supremacism and their connections to today’s antislavery activism. My writing stresses linking the past directly to the present. It also focused on abolitionist biography I also have a strong background in grant writing for college-wide projects involving teaching, research and curriculum enrichment.  http://historiansagainstslavery.org

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Scholarly collaboration.

Email: stewart@macalester.edu


Monti Datta-  University of Richmond Associate Professor of Political Science

I know most about modern slavery, it's root causes, prevalence across the globe, what NGOs and governments are doing to stem its tide, and how we can think about the lessons of the emancipation of 1865 when we develop strategies to help free today's enslaved.  www.montinarayandatta.com

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness.

Email: mdatta@richmond.edu


Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan Professor of History

I write for both scholarly and public outlets on urban and prison rebellions, policing, prisons, civil and human rights, labor, and criminalization, and cities. My work on mass incarceration in particular seeks to inform that public about the roots of, as well as current implications of, today's carceral crisis. I am the author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy and Whose Detroit?  www.heatherannthompson.com @hthompsn

Roles I am interested in: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American CityLaw/Prevention/Enforcement, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: hathomps@gmail.com


Ben Wright,  University of Texas at Dallas Assistant Professor of Historical Studies

My research explores the history of slavery and Christianity, from the sixteenth century to the present. I evaluate pedagogy by editing theteachingushistory.co and practice the democratizing potential of the digital humanities as co-editor of AmericanYawp.com. I am a board member of both Historians Against Slavery and Children at Risk, a Texas-based research and advocacy organization. I also have experience as an activist organizer. drbenwright.com @benjamingwright

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc).

Email: bgw@utdallas.edu


Stacey Robertson, SUNY Geneseo, Provost  American History

I am an historian of the American abolitionist movement with a focus on women. My public speaking focuses connections between historic slavery and modern human trafficking/slavery. 

Roles I am interested in: Community Awareness

Email: robertsons@geneseo.edu


Randall Miller, Saint Joseph's University The William Dirk Warren `50 Sesquicentennial Chair & Professor of History

Randall M. Miller, Ph.D., has special interests in the politics and dynamics of social reform, especially abolitionism and civil rights, and the historical context and connections in understanding current issues of social justice. He has published on religion and reform, politics and reform, slavery, and the long meaning of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, and consulted on documentaries and museum exhibits on those subjects. 

Roles I am interested in:  Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Visual Performing Arts

Email: miller@sju.edu


Ana Edwards, Defenders' Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project Chair

As a public historian/social justice activist, I’ve helped to reclaim and add Richmond, Virginia’s early Black history back into the public landscape. I study the early modern world and Atlantic slave trade as context for the history of the city. I am most interested in how people have made lives in slavery societies, and how we select and tell our histories in public spaces. sacredgroundproject.net

Roles I am interested in: Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: sacredgroundproject@gmail.net


John Donoghue, Loyola University Chicago Associate Professor of History

Historian of early America and the Atlantic world -my research and teaching has focused on the advent of servitude, racial slavery and abolitionism in the seventeenth century. I have created curriculum and published articles that link the history of the slave trade and the trade in kidnapped servants to human trafficking and slavery in the twenty-first century global economy. 

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Internship Sponsor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: jdonoghue@luc.edu


Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University Professor of History

Matthew Mason, historian - my specialty is in the political history of slavery, especially in the US and Britain, especially between the American Revolutionary era and the US Civil War.  A running theme of my work is what moves people from antislavery belief to antislavery action.

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc).

Email: matthew_mason@byu.edu


Johnnie Mae Maberry Tougaloo College Co-Director of Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery / Associate Professor of Art

Johnnie Mae Maberry, Visual artist- I have studied historical slavery through the Works Progress Association (WPA) Narratives and created works that represent the American slave' experience. As Co-Director of TC MDS Institute, I focus on teaching and inspiring students to be activists through their works. Students are motivated through research and active participation in the Institute's programs.

Roles I am interested in: Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc), Visual Performing Arts

Email: jmmaberry2@aol.com


Zoe Trodd, The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham Director of the Rights Lab

Professor Zoe Trodd directs the Rights Lab, a University of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence and team of over 100 academics that focuses on research to help end contemporary slavery by 2030. Her own research focus is strategies to end slavery, including the central role of survivor voices. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/world/beacons/rights-lab/ @rightsbeacon

Roles I am interested in: Faculty Research Collaborator, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: zoe.trodd@nottingham.ac.uk


Elizabeth Swanson,  Babson College Professor, Literature and Human Rights

Elizabeth Swanson - I am particularly engaged with issues around contemporary sex trafficking, with a focus on the problem of sex trafficking but also for solutions that work at the prevention and restoration ends of the spectrum, particularly on rebuilding lives in the aftermath of trafficking and exploitation. My work also considers the importance of literary and cultural representations of slavery as tools in the struggle against it.

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc).

Email: eswanson@babson.edu


Katharine Gerbner,  University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of History

Katharine Gerbner, Historian of Slavery & Religion: I study the role that religion played in the creation of - and resistance to - American slavery. My writing brings this history to the present. I show how modern ideas about race, and especially whiteness, are intertwined with the history of slavery and religion. In designing courses, I use contemporary issues, including films and social media, to help connect students to the past.  www.katharinegerbner.com @ktgerbs

Roles I am interested in:  Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Faculty Research Collaborator

Email: kgerbner@umn.edu


Phil Wilayto,  The Virginia Defender Senior Editor

Phil Wilayto - writer, speaker and organizer based in Richmond, Virginia. He is a founding member of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, an anti-racist, anti-imperialist, social justice organization, and founding editor of the quarterly newspaper The Virginia Defender (est. 2005). philwilayto.wordpress.com

Roles I am interested in:Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc)

Email: philwilayto@gmail.com


Douglas Egerton,  Le Moyne College Professor of History

My writing examines the intersections of race and politics in the years from the dawn of the Revolution to the collapse of Reconstruction in the South. In particular, I focus on militant black activism, from Gabriel and Denmark Vesey to the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Infantry.

Roles I am interested in:Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor

Email: egertodr@lemoyne.edu


Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul, MN Co-Executive Director, American Historian. 

I know most about the continuing impact of race and racism in the development of the American labor movement.  Five years ago I helped to found (and continue to direct) the East Side Freedom Library (http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org), a community-based educational and cultural center which promotes conversations which engage the past and the present outside of academia. http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org

Roles I am interested in: Internship Sponsor, Community Awareness, Activism: (Antislavery, Anti-trafficking,Prison,Policing, Education etc), Visual Performing Arts).

Email: eastsidefreedomlibrary@gmail.com


Donald Yacovone, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, American Historian. 

I have written on American abolitionism, the African American Civil War experience, as well as 19th century gender.  I am now studying the legacy of the abolitionist movement and its role in creating the modern civil rights movement and writing a separate book examining how issues related to race, slavery, abolitionism, and the Civil War and Reconstruction have been presented in US history textbooks.

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant

Email: yacovone@fas.harvard.edu


Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University Andrew Jackson Professor of History, US and Caribbean historian.

I have studied the international movement against slavery as well as the enslaved efforts to win their own freedom. I have tried to see the ways that these struggles have informed modern movements for freedom.

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Honors Project and Student Essay Reader/Advisor, Internship Sponsor, Faculty Research Collaborator

Email: Richard.j.blackett@vanderbilt.edu


Tsione Wolde-Michael, Harvard University Ph.D. Candidate

Tsione Wolde-Michael is a historian and museum professional. Her work involves curating and shaping historical interpretation for exhibitions on art and slavery around the globe. Her experience extends to digital media, community engagement, cultural heritage, writing for academic publications, teaching, and lecturing around the country. Tsione holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and an M.A. in History at Harvard, where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the same field. 

Roles I am interested in: Syllabus/Curriculum/Pedagogy Consultant, Career Counselor, Faculty Research Collaborator, Community Awareness, Visual Performing Arts, Museums, public history and exhibitions

Email: twolde@fas.harvard.edu