Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

OI Author Series

The Omohundro Institute Author Series is offered as part of the Institute’s commitment to introducing its authors and their work in Early American scholarship directly to public audiences.

The second OI Author Series talk was presented on January 31, 2017, in New York and featured Gregory O’Malley, author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807. Professor O’Malley is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and serves as a member of the Omohundro Institute’s Council. He was the 2011 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute. He published Final Passages in 2014 with the Omohundro Institute. The book has since won several prizes for helping redraw the map of forced African migrations during the slave trade era.

Professor O’Malley is currently working on a project funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database adding his research to the website Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, one of the most utilized resources in the digital humanities on the Internet. Drawing on four decades of archival research on five continents, Voyages offers free public access to the details of every documented slave-trading voyage that carried enslaved people from Africa to the Americas and has become an integral reference tool for anyone studying the transatlantic slave trade—scholars, teachers, and the general public. Professor O’Malley’s addition will expand coverage to include forced migrations within the Americas.

The first OI Author Series talk was presented in New York on January 15, 2015, by Annette Gordon-Reed, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. Most recently author of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, co-written with Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia), Professor Gordon-Reed also won the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008). In October 2014, Professor Gordon-Reed published “Writing Early American Lives as Biography” in the William and Mary Quarterly.

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