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Thomas Mareite

PhD candidate

T.J.F. Mareite MA
+31 71 527 7212

Fields of interest

  • Global History
  • Colonial History
  • Latin American History (18th-19th c.)
  • Slavery Studies 


Thomas Mareite's PhD project focuses on slave refugees in Mexico, 1800-1860. It determines the motivations behind slave flight to the Mexican territory, especially from slaveholding states of the US South, the social and cultural networks that facilitated escape, the settlement processes of slave refugees in their new environment, as well as the influence of slave flight on local, national, and international discussions of slavery, and on US-Mexican diplomatic relations. By applying a social-historical approach, and through a comparative perspective (this PhD project being part of a broader NWO Vidi project by dr. Damian Pargas: Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860, which is conducted in close relation with Oran Kennedy's and Viola Muller's projects), it seeks to provide a continental perspective on refugee migration.

Teaching activities

Teaching responsibility in second and third year.

Curriculum vitae

B.A., Sciences Po (Paris), 2013 (Cum Laude) 
M.A., Research in History, Sciences Po (Paris), 2015

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.18a



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