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Thomas Mareite

PhD candidate

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

Fields of interest

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


Thomas Mareite's dissertation, Conditional Freedom: Free-Soil and Fugitive Slaves from the US South in Mexico’s Northeast, 1803-1861 (provisional title), proposes a social and political history of the intertwined contests over free-soil and self-emancipated slaves from the US South settling down in Mexico’s territorial and maritime northeastern borderlands. While the literature has commonly focused on fugitive slaves escaping to the northern states and Canada through the “Underground Railroad”, it aims to provide new insights on the evolving social and political geography of freedom and slavery in nineteenth-century North America by exploring the development of southern routes of escape from US South’s slavery and the experiences of self-emancipated enslaved people in the US-Mexico borderlands. This research is part of "Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860", a NWO Vidi project directed by professor Damian A. Pargas (2015-2020).

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
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.18a



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