We are pleased to welcome two postdoctorate fellows for the 2014-2015 year:

Ruth J. Simmons Post-Doctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice 

Mekala Audain earned her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. Her research interests include chattel slavery, slave rebellion in the Americas, black immigration, and the African American experience on the U.S. borderlands. Her dissertation, "Mexican Canaan: Fugitive Slaves and Free Blacks on the American Frontier, 1804-1867," recovers the southern Underground Railroad in the nineteenth century and examines free black thought about Mexico in the antebellum era. 

John Carter Brown Library and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Joint Fellow

Justin Pope received his Ph.D. in history from the George Washington University in 2014. He grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky and worked as an urban planner for the cities of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and Medford, Oregon, before returning to academia to pursue his passion for early America history. His interest in the history of American slavery has led him as far afield as Ghana and Barbados and now to the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. His current book project examines an eruption of real and imagined slave uprisings that swept through the British Atlantic between the years 1729 and 1746, the era of the War of Jenkin's Ear.