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Julia Gaffield

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Duke University, 2012
phone: 404-413-6385

Dr. Gaffield is a historian of the early-modern Atlantic World. She completed her Ph.D. at the Department of History at Duke University in 2012. Her research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the complex connections between Haiti and other Atlantic colonies, countries, and empires in the early 19th century. The connections between Haiti and Jamaica in the months before and after the Haitian Declaration of Independence were central to Haiti's ability to remain independent in a revolutionary world that was hostile to the world's only successful slave revolution; this research was published in the William and Mary Quarterly in 2012. Dr. Gaffield teaches courses on Atlantic World and the modern Caribbean.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Curriculum Vitae


Julia Gaffield, editor, The Haitian Declaration of Independence, (under review by the University of Virginia Press).

Julia Gaffield, International Indecision After the Haitian Declaration of Independence, (in progress).

Julia Gaffield, "'Liberté, Indépendance': Haitian Antislavery and National Independence," in A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century, William Mulligan and Maurice Bric, eds., (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).

"Haiti and Jamaica in the re-making of the early nineteenth century Atlantic World," William and Mary Quarterly, July 2012 69(3): 583-614.

"'Identif[ying] the Island in its new situation': The struggle for Hayti to overcome St. Domingo," Riveneuve Continents, Spring 2011 13: 80-86.

"Complexities of Imagining Haiti: A Study of National Constitutions, 1801-1807" Journal of Social History, Fall 2007 41(1): 81-103.