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Damian Pargas

Professor of the History and Culture of North America

Name
Prof.dr. D.A. Pargas
Telephone
+31 71 527 2736
E-mail
d.a.pargas@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Damian Alan Pargas is Professor of the History and Culture of North America at Leiden University and executive director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg. He is mainly specialized in the history of slavery and its aftermath.

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Damian Alan Pargas is Professor of the History and Culture of North America at Leiden University and executive director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg. 

Research

Damian Pargas is mainly specialized in the history of slavery and its aftermath. His first book, The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South (University Press of Florida, 2010), compared and contrasted slave family life in three distinct regions of the American South. His second book, Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examined the experiences of interstate, local, and urban slave migrants from a comparative perspective. At present he is working on a third book (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press) about slave refugees in North America between 1775 and 1860, including fugitive slaves who left the South altogether (to the North, Canada, and Mexico) as well as runaways who remained within the slave states (illegally passing for free in southern cities, or remaining hidden by other slaves). This study is based on his NWO Vidi project (2015-2020) titled “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860”. He also recently published an edited volume on this topic titled Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America (University Press of Florida, 2018). 

Damian is also interested in global and comparative perspectives on slavery. He recently co-edited (with Felicia Roşu) a 4-volume anthology of slavery studies, titled Critical Readings on Global Slavery (Leiden: Brill, 2018), as well as an edited volume (with Jeff Fynn-Paul) titled Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

Fields of interest

  • US history
  • Economic and social history
  • Comparative history
  • North American slavery and emancipation
  • Migration in the Atlantic world
  • American racial and labor relations

Teaching activities

Courses in social and economic history, including courses on the history of North American slavery.

Curriculum vitae

Damian studied social history at Leiden University, earning his MA cum laude in 2004 and his PhD cum laude in 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he was assistant professor of history and American studies at Utrecht University. In August 2013 he returned to Leiden as assistant professor of social and economic history, and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of American History. He is also the executive director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg, which is formally affiliated with Leiden University.

Damian is the author of two books and several articles on American slavery, slave family life, and slave migration in the 19th century, as well as two edited volumes on global slavery. In 2011 he was awarded a visiting scholar fellowship by the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and from 2011 to 2014 he held a Veni postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Council for Scientific Research (NWO) for his project “Newcomers in Chains: Slave Migrants in the Antebellum South, 1820-1865.” He is the recipient and supervisor of the recently awarded NWO Vidi project “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860.” Damian is also a board member of the Netherlands American Studies Association, founder of the Leiden Slavery Studies Association, founder and chief editor of the Journal of Global Slavery, and co-editor of the book series Studies in Global Slavery

Key publications

  • The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010).
  • Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • “Disposing of Human Property: American Slave Families and Forced Separation in Comparative Perspective,” Journal of Family History, vol. 34, nr. 3 (July 2009): 251-74.
  • “The Gathering Storm: Slave Responses to the Threat of Interregional Migration in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Early American History 2 no. 3 (Fall 2012): 286-315.
  • “In the Fields of a ‘Strange Land’: Enslaved Newcomers and the Adjustment to Cotton Cultivation in the Antebellum South” Slavery & Abolition vol. 34, nr. 4 (Dec. 2013): 564-580.

Professor of the History and Culture of North America

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.67

Contact

  • Pargas D.A. (2018), Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2018), Introduction: Spaces of Freedom in North America. In: Pargas D.A. (Ed.) Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 1-20.book chapter
  • Pargas D.A. (2018), Seeking Freedom in the Midst of Slavery: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South. In: Pargas D.A. (Ed.) Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 116-136.book chapter
  • Pargas D.A. (25 May 2018), Promised Lands: Seeking Freedom in the Age of American Slavery (Inaugural address. Geschiedenis, Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden). Leiden: Universiteit Leiden.inaugural address
  • Pargas D.A. (2018), Review of: Aurelia Martín Casares (2016) Juan Latino, Talento y destino: Un afroespañol en tiempos de Carlos V y Felipe II, Journal of Global Slavery 3(1): 180-181.book review
  • Fynn-Paul J. & Pargas D.A. (2018), Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery. Leiden & Boston: Brill.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2017), Urban Refugees: Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Informal Freedom in the American South, 1800-1860, Journal of Early American History 7(3): 262-284.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (11 September 2017), ‘Amerika is niet wezenlijk anders.’. Interviewed by Blom T. for Elsevier [interview].other
  • Pargas D.A. (2017), Journal of Global Slavery Member of editorial staff 2(1-3).editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. & Fynn-Paul J. (Eds.) (2017), Studies in Global Slavery. Leiden: Brill.other
  • Pargas D.A. (2017), ‘Lurking amongst the Free Negroes’: Fugitive Slaves and Black Solidarity in the Antebellum South. San José, Costa Rica: Universidad de Costa Rica.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. & Felicia Roșu (2017), Critical Readings on Global Slavery. Leiden: Brill.book
  • Pargas D.A. & Rosu F. (2017), Introduction: Global Perspectives on Slavery. In: Pargas D.A., Rosu F. (Eds.) Critical Readings on Global Slavery. Leiden & Boston: Brill. 1-9.book chapter
  • Fynn-Paul J., Pargas D.A. & Rosu F. (2017), Slavery and Forced Labor in Asia, c. 1250-1900 (conference organization). Leiden, NL, (Leiden University). [other].other
  • Pargas D.A. (4 November 2016), Stark mad after Negroes: Het ontstaan van slavernij in Noord-Amerika [ICLON Nascholingsdag, Leiden, November 4, 2016] (Lecture).other
  • Pargas D.A. (2016), Journal of Global Slavery Member of editorial staff 1(1-3).editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2016), Slavery as a Global and Globalizing Phenomenon: An Editorial Note, Journal of Global Slavery 1(1): 1-4.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. & Fynn-Paul J. (Eds.) (2016), Studies in Global Slavery. Leiden: Brill.other
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees and the Geography of Freedom. Universittá Catolica del Sacro Cuoro, Milan.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), ‘When I Think How Our Family is Scattered’: Comparing Forced Migration among Antebellum Slave Families. In: Forret J., Sears C. (Eds.) New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 239-57.book chapter
  • Pargas D.A. (10 June 2015), Slavenvluchtelingen in Noord-Amerika for Science 071(Sleutelstad FM 93.7) [interview].
  • Pargas D.A., Fynn-Paul J., Felicia Roșu, Fatah-Black K.J. & Janse M.J. (15 April 2015), Leids slavernijonderzoek krijgt nieuw impuls for Leidsch Dagblad [interview].other
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), Slave Crucibles: Interstate Migrants and Social Assimilation in the Antebellum South, Slavery & Abolition 36(1): 26-39.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), Chattel Slavery and Atlantic Exceptionalism.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), Slave Crucibles: Interstate Migrants and Social Assimilation in the Antebellum South, Slavery & Abolition 36(1): 26-39.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2015), 'When I Think How Our Family is Scattered’: Comparing Forced Migration among Antebellum Slave Families. In: Forret J., Sears C. (Eds.) New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 239-257.book chapter
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South. New York: Cambridge University Press.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South. New York: Cambridge University Press.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Seeking Freedom in the Midst of Slavery: Fugitive Slaves in the American South, 1800-1860.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Slave Crucibles: The Assimilation of Slave Migrants in the US South, 1800-1860.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Where She Has Relations: Family and Fugitive Slave Women in the Antebellum South.conference paper
  • Pargas D.A. (2014), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. & Fynn-Paul J. (Eds.) (2014), Studies in Global Slavery. Leiden & Boston: Brill.other
  • Pargas D.A. (2013), 'In the Fields of a Strange Land': Enslaved Newcomers and the Adjustment to Cotton Cultivation in the Antebellum South, Slavery & Abolition 34(4): 564-580.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (7 November 2013), Crime, gender and urbanization in 19th century Amsterdam and Bologna [Workshop ‘Historical Criminology', Leiden University, November 7-8, 2013] (Lecture).other
  • Pargas D.A. (2013), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2012), The Gathering Storm: Slave Responses to the Threat of Interregional Migration in the Early Nineteenth Century, Journal of Early American History 2(3): 286-315.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2012), Agricultural Labor. In: Berry D.R. (Ed.) Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO. 155-162.book chapter
  • Pargas D.A. (2012), Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery Review of: Clifton Ellis, Rebecca Ginsburg (2010) Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery, Journal of American History 99: 578.book review
  • Pargas D.A. (2012), De Verenigde Staten en hun federale overheid, 1865-1965. Amersfoort: Thieme Meulenhoff.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2012), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2011), From the Cradle to the Fields: Slave Childcare and Childhood in the Antebellum South, Slavery & Abolition 32: 477-493.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2011), Hoe het Zuiden toch nog won: De nasleep van de Amerikaanse Burgeroorlog, Geschiedenis Magazine 46: 14-19.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2011), Newcomers in Chains: Slave Migrants in the Antebellum South (Lecture). Paris.other
  • Pargas D.A. (2011), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2010), The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.book
  • Pargas D.A. (2010), Voor straf naar Amerika, Geschiedenis Magazine 45(5): 30-33.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2010), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (12 March 2009), Weathering different storms : regional agriculture and slave families in the non-cotton South, 1800-1860 (PhD thesis, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Emmer P.C., Quispel G.C.PhD thesis
  • Pargas D.A. (2009), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2009), The Past, Present, and Future of Slavery Studies: An Interview with Stanley Engerman, Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History 33: 6-11.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2008), Boundaries and Opportunities: Comparing Slave Family Formation in the Antebellum South, Journal of Family History 33(3): 316-345.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2008), Disposing of Human Property: American Slave Families and Forced Separation in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Family History 34(3): 251-274.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2008), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2007), Member of editorial staff Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History .editorship of journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2006), 'Slavery, Migration, and the Atlantic World': An Interview with Piet Emmer, Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History 30(3): 8-18.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Pargas D.A. (2006), "Various Means of Providing for Their Own Tables": Comparing Slave Family Economies in the Antebellum South, American Nineteenth Century History 7(3 (sept)): 361-387.article in journal
  • Pargas D.A. (2006), Work and Slave Family Life in Antebellum Northern Virginia, Journal of Family History 31(4 (oct.)): 335-357.article in journal
  • Southern Historical Association Chair, Membership Committee Europe
  • Brill Hoofdredacteur Journal of Global Slavery
  • Brill Redacteur boekenreeks Studies in Global Slavery
  • Netherlands American Studies Association Bestuurslid

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