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Thomas Mareite

PhD candidate

T.J.F. Mareite MA
+31 71 527 1646

Thomas Mareite is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History.

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Fields of interest

  • US History
  • Latin American History
  • Slavery Studies
  • Colonial History
  • Global History


Thomas Mareite's dissertation, "Conditional Freedom: Free Soil and Fugitive Slaves from the US South to Mexico’s Northeast, 1803-1861", 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 directe d by pro fessor Damian A. Pargas (2015-2020). Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Global Slavery.

Teaching activities

Teaching responsibility in second and third year.

Curriculum vitae

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


Key publications  

“Slavery, Resistance(s) and Abolition in Early Nineteenth-Century Chile”, Journal of Global Slavery 4:3 (forthcoming Autumn 2019)

“‘Le véritable esclavage des vices et de la mendicité’: discours et ambivalences du républicanisme chilien aux croisements entre esclavage, égalité raciale et citoyenneté (1810-1823)”, Esclavage et Post-Esclavage, Slaveries and Post-Slaveries, n°1, “Citoyenneté et contre-citoyenneté” (forthcoming Autumn 2019).

“Freedom at the fringes? Slave flight and empire-building in the early modern Spanish borderlands of Essequibo-Venezuela and Louisiana-Texas” (with Bram Hoonhout), Slavery & Abolition 40:1 (2019), 61-86.

“Abolitionists, smugglers and scapegoats: assistance networks for “fugitive slaves” in the Texas-Mexico borderlands (1836-1861)”, Mémoire(s), Identité(s), Marginalité(s) dans le Monde Occidental Contemporain [online], n°19 (2018).
URL: https://journals.openedition.org/mimmoc/2731.

Book review of: Aline Helg, Plus jamais esclaves! De l’insoumission à la révolte, le grand récit d’une émancipation (1492-1838), Paris, Editions La Découverte, 2016, 422 pp., € 26.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-2707188656, Journal of Global Slavery 2:1-2 (2017), 214-215.

“Proceso abolicionista y sociedad post-esclavista en Chile. Dinámicas históricas y perspectivas de estudio (fines s. XVIII - comienzos s. XIX)”, Historias que vienen: Revista de Estudiantes de Historia, n°6, Santiago de Chile, Universidad Diego Portales, (May 2015), 39-60.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis


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