Marcella Schute (1996) is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History at Leiden University and at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) in Middelburg.
Marcella’s PhD project explores the overt and covert efforts by the state of Louisiana to reopen the transatlantic slave trade in the 1850s. Her research project forms part of the larger project “Racial Democracy: Challenges to Civic Democratic Ideals in American History,” sponsored by the Stichting Praesidium Libertatis I and supervised by Prof. dr. Damian Pargas, in conjunction with Leiden University. The project duration is four years, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024. Marcella completed her MA in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2020 and received her BA Cum Laude in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University) in 2019.